We all know we shouldn't be doing it and yet despite all the cigarette warnings and huge increase in prices, folks still do. I managed to give it up just over 25 years ago a feat I wasn't sure I could manage at the time, let alone stick to.
I realised I had a problem when I'd run from one room to another to pick up the phone and the person on the other end would ask me if I'd been running!? Huh? Running? Yeah, from one room to another not exactly a marathon! I realised I was poisoning myself and so, at the age of 25, I decided to quit.
Here's my tips how I did it, maybe they'll help you too.
1. I decided to get fitter. I realised I had to start my day in the best possible way and put off having that first cigarette. I used to get out of bed and the first thing I did was light up! That had to change.
2. As much as I puffed and panted walking up hills, I made myself do it. I also took up swimming, not my strong suit. Determination is the key. You have got to want it. Badly. You have to over-ride that voice of doubt, the one that tells you it's too hard to walk up the hill. Keep your eye on the bigger picture.
3. I quit having long conversations on the phone. For the first few weeks I had to forgo this habit because id lite up the moment I got comfy on the phone . (and lite up over and over again!)
4. I introduced fresh juices and healthier foods into my diet. My body was starved of fresh vitamins and there's no better way than carrot/apple/celery/beet/ginger juice or home made soup with loads of veggies is good too.
5. I also started drinking a warm mug of water with a squeeze of lemon juice in it to help detox my body.
6. As I gradually cut down from a packet a day to half a packet, from 10 to 5 a day, down to 2 (and from there it was easy) I treated myself, something simple a movie, a massage or a facial if I could afford it.
7. I also started to talk a little more positively to myself affirmations work a treat and help counteract our inner negative driver that beats up on us.
8. Walking in nature, being out in the bush, going on long walks through national parks, sitting by a waterfall natures a powerhouse of negative ions our bodies need to feel energised.
9. Calming music helps soothe the nerves and giving up smoking can be a nerve wrecking time. Indulge in something that helps calm you.
10. It's not really about will power, it's about won't power. It's about creating a healthier all rounded lifestyle that you start to feel so much better about yourself that you no longer want to put that smoke into your wonderful body.