How I quit smoking…… and almost everything else
Okay, so the reason for the kind of wierd title, is because you can apply this method to almost everything.
I say method like I created it, normal people (whoever they are) have been using these methods for years and have done just fine. However, if you’re a bit of a doughnut (disclaimer: no doughnuts were eaten during the making of this blog post) like I am and have a bit of an addictive personality then this might just be the method for you!
So, just incase you haven’t read my intro page….<rant> which by the way is disgusting if you haven’t, 10 minutes of my life that took & for you to sit there and be so ignorant is a disgrace….. sorry, I get a bit carried away (PS. my offendedness, which i’m not sure is a word, was actually a joke)</rant>…. CONT’D then you will know that only 2 months ago I was a heavy smoker and pretty much my day’s were assembled by little moments, followed by frantically panicing as to when I was going to have my next cigarette.
2 months on I am happy (and a little bit proud) to say that I haven’t touched a cigarette and that includes the electronic kind.
So you’re probably thinking ‘OOO, you’ve quit smoking for 2 months and now all of a sudden you think you can lecture us on why/how we should do it’ and the answer is YES, I do think that because I have literally tried about 50 times to stop in the past and this is the only time I have stuck by this.
So without further ranting/idioacy, please find below, my top tips to quit almost anything (I am using smoking at the subject in this, however feel free to apply it to anything you want to quit):
1. Find a support network: So, I am lucky enough to work with SOME very supportive people, who when i’m having a bad day, will allow me to punch them in the face…. Kidding…. but they will try and cheer me up and remind me of how well I am doing, which is really important when you’re giving up something as big as this.
2. Replace the habit with something positive: As you might also know, if you have read my intro page (I don’t feel the rant is necessary again) then you will know that I have also been training 6 times a week, I think this is probably the most important thing to take your mind off of the smoking habit is to replace it with a new one. So instead of thinking when my next cigarette break is going to be, i’m now thinking ‘I better check My Fitness Pal and make sure i’ve added my meals’.
3. Recognise your urges and think of the consequences: I really cannot express how important this point is – every time you feel an urge (and I mean everytime!) you need to recognise it and then think, Why am I feeling this? How is having a cigarette/another cookie/ another pint going to benefit me? By giving yourself the time to think about it, it will stop you from acting impolsively.
4. Carry on regardless: This is perhaps the most obvious point, carry on no matter what obstacles are put in your way – I’ve been offered on numerous occasions whether I want a smoke and I just need a second to stop and think – do I really want this? and soon the urges get a lot easier.
I really hope this was atleast a little bit helpful to someone struggling out there – if you need any support – then please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.