Up In Smoke
Today is ‘No Smoking Day’. When I was a smoker, being the petulant sort that I am, I just wanted to smoke more in defiance on this day. But now I haven’t smoked for two years I treat it as a day of celebration that I have kicked the habit. For now at least.
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For while some people end up being very vocal anti-smoking ex-smokers, I am not. I still miss it. It requires daily vigilance against the monkeys in my brain that try to trick me into starting again. I take a very AA approach, without the higher being oddness that having never attended a meeting I can’t profess to understand. I take it one day at a time. Today I don’t smoke, yesterday I didn’t smoke, and I hope tomorrow I won’t smoke.
I am determined not to start again, but all too aware that its call to me is powerful still. I have my reasons. Being an older mum to my youngest child, I owe it to him to do what I can to avoid an early grave. I would like to be around for him for as many years as possible. Wanting to see him grow and prosper well into adulthood is all the motivation I need.
But giving up is very personal, you can’t tell someone to give up, they have to reach that point themselves. Smoking is nice, and fun, and despite medical evidence that disagrees with me, I found it relaxing. I still don’t quite know what to do instead in times of stress. Eating biscuits is my current coping mechanism. But long term I need to replace this with something slightly less fattening! To give up requires nothing more than will power. There are lots of tips and aids you can use for moral support, but bottom line you have to make the decision for yourself that you do not want it in your life anymore.
I am thrilled that one of my closest friends, Lynn at A Slice of Lemons Cake, has recently quit. A lifelong friend, I have seen her seriously ill with chest infections many times over the years, and am so relieved she has finally reached the point where the urge to stop is greater than the urge to smoke. Why don’t you pop over and give her some encouragement!
Do you smoke? Would you like to stop? Did you quit? And what was your quitting point? How do you find it now? Please tell me that eventually it will become easy!!
If you are stopping today, I wish you the best of luck,