Today I quit smoking. I have already skipped the first few cigarettes I would’ve had today and I feel completely miserable about that. I mean I feel good about it but I miss it already! I am debating whether or not coffee is a good idea or not. Sigh, coffee and cigarettes go together so perfectly.
“The best way to stop smoking is to just stop – no ifs, ands or butts.”
― Edith Zittler
I can do this. I just have to remember why I quit. I quit for my health. I want to go on being able to breathe and I want my skin to look to look good a little while longer. I quit for those around me, I want to be around for them and I don’t want any of them to watch me suffer later with cancer or COPD or worse. I quit to save money. I already saved $5 this morning by not buying a pack. I quit to smell better. I quit to save time. Smoking a cigarette takes between 7 and 10 minutes, depending on whether or not you are chatting with friends. I smoke about 10 cigarettes a day. Thats 70-100 minutes a day I lose to smoking!
And finally I quit to learn to handle stress on my own. This is the thing that I am going to miss most about cigarettes. Instant stress relief. It’s also the thing I hate about them the most. I’ve been smoking since I was a teenager so in all my adult years I have never dealt with a stressful situation without having a cigarette. I just don’t know how to do it anymore. What do non-smokers do? Thinking about stress stresses me out. I start to feel overwhelmed by the weight of all the stress I am going to have to face in the future, without nicotine!
One day at a time though….
I can do this. I just need to take it a day at a time. I am getting through today and I will worry about tomorrow when tomorrow comes. For now I have skipped my morning cigarettes and that is a victory. A small but big victory. I hope for many more such victories today.