mild huge hypochondriac, so every ache or pain I automatically diagnose as cancer. Perhaps being a non-smoker will help my hypochondria which makes a less stressed out Lou!
I started to feel so sick after a night out where i'd smoked heavily. I'm lucky enough to not really get hangovers, (and nowadays i drink much less in general because i'm no longer a young whippersnapper with the energy to go out every week and dance the night away!) but i noticed that i would feel particularly rough after a night out of heavy smoking. And it didn't feel good.
Financially, smoking is not cool. The monthly amount i used to spend on cigarettes - well i could use that money for something else, something which doesn't have the potential to kill me perhaps?
I started to dislike the taste of cigarettes. For this, i consider myself incredibly lucky. If i still enjoyed the taste, quitting would be much harder.
Seeing older smokers. That was scary, and serious motivation for me. I did not want that to be me in 20 years. It's hard to describe, but these people just look more wizened than your average older person. Ok, so perhaps they have been incredibly heavy smokers all their life, hence why the effects of smoking are more visible on their face. But that's a risk i decided i don't want to take. There are so many chemicals in cigarettes, i wanted to reduce the toxins i was putting into my body!
- Be realistic in your goals, and don't be scared to ask for help. If you're a social smoker, hang out with friends who aren't smokers at first, so you have a chance to lose the association of drinking and smoking. If you know you're going to be seeing your smoker friends, be honest and let them know you're trying to quit.
- Find your own reason for wanting to stop. Whether it is for your health, financial, social or something else...You need something to seriously focus on when the going gets tough.
- If you're used to smoking with work colleagues, substitute what used to be your smoke break with a tea break...or a cake break (but i don't want you to substitute one addiction with another!)
Are any of you out there currently trying to give up smoking? Or perhaps you're a successful ex-smoker? What helped you to quit? Please feel free to share your tips!