Set aside a weekend for it. Prepare yourself for a really crappy Saturday. Get yourself some sleeping tablets for Saturday night.
Gear up for a couple of weeks beforehand, smoking normally. Have your last cigarette on a Friday night.
On Saturday, instead of getting up for a cigarette every half an hour, get up and do some tidying each time you have a craving.
Tidying, not thinking
Instead of sitting around thinking and letting your brain’s repetitive cigarette cravings torment you, keep your body busy so your brain has other activities to occupy it.
- Wash stinky, smoke-smelling clothes.
- Wipe down or mop ashy surfaces.
- Hide ashtrays and lighters.
- Go shopping to buy nice new drinks if you associate habitual drinks with cigarettes.
- Clean pet areas.
- Go for a walk to buy cleaning supplies and enjoy your breathing on the way.
I did this 4.5 years ago, and that weekend, I did and put away 7 loads of washing and did so much spring cleaning! A sparkling house and a new me!!
Saturday will have been easier in comparison than what you were dreading. You’ve probably got through plenty of bad days. If you know a really tough one is coming, you’re prepared.
Just do it and get that one crappy day over with. It’s hard, but it’s always going to be hard, and never going to get easier, so just fucking do it, then it’s done.
Come Sunday, the worst is over, you’ll feel proud of yourself, your future will be brighter and the day will be easier.
Within 6 hours
Your heart rate slows and your blood pressure becomes more stable.
Within a day
- Almost all of the nicotine is out of your bloodstream.
- The level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped and oxygen can more easily reach your heart and muscles.
- Your fingertips become warmer and your hands steadier.
Keep tidying. You may feel tired, but be happy, this is your crappy but transformative weekend that puts health money in your future bank.
You’ll sleep better Sunday night, and by Monday, you’ll know you’ve won the battle. Any urges to smoke that pop up are just brain farts. Challenge those thoughts. Don’t believe everything you think.
I quit smoking when me and my husband decided to have children over a decade ago. I was never a heavy smoker and I found it relatively easy to quit. Over the last few years I’ve found myself buying the odd pack of tobacco here and there, and smoking occasionally, like on evenings socialising with friends etc. Although I’m not smoking every day I can still feel the negative effect it’s having on my health. I’ve kicked the booze. I think it’s now time to fully kick the nicotine.
Thanks for the list of health benefits. That’s spurred me on.
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