How I Quit Smoking Through My Will Power

When I look back to a couple of years ago when I was still smoking, I don’t recall someone who was doubled up, wheezing their way through life. Smoking wasn’t making me ill, I wasn’t finding it difficult to afford to smoke, and I was still enjoying smoking, but I did have a one year old daughter, and every time I lit up, I saw her face. I won’t be the first person to give up smoking, because of the pressure of a young child and I won’t be the last. It’s a common reason, and one that is as good as any other.

Of course, I didn’t just quit smoking there and then on the spot – it takes thought, planning and who doesn’t get cold feet before they give up a crutch like smoking? I felt like I had to mentally prepare to do it. I wasn’t 100% sure I would be able to do it – I was asking myself, “can I quit smoking? Do I have the will power to pull this off? You see I didn’t want to use nicotine replacement therapy to help me to kick the habit. As far as I was concerned, that wasn’t going to work for me. I knew I had to beat the addiction in my mind, which meant going cold turkey. I told myself, “I will quit smoking”, and that was it.

The first thing I did was to write out a bit list of advantages of quitting smoking. Health, wealth, and quite simply the pleasure of not having the pull of smoking figured pretty highly for me, but the simple thought of my daughter not seeing me smoke was one of the biggest advantages in my mind, that was all the inspiration I felt I needed. I knew at the time that going cold turkey wasn’t necessarily the best quit smoking method, but then it all depends on what feels right to you.

The first day, of course, was so tough; in fact days two and three were just as hard. A constant niggling feeling, hot and sweaty, bad tempered, I could think about nothing but smoking. I couldn’t work, I fell out with my girlfriend and we didn’t even speak to each other for two days! I just tried to keep in mind the health benefits of quitting smoking along with the thought of my daughter, asking me all of those difficult questions a few years down the line.

Thankfully, things started to get a little bit easier in the second week. Don’t get me wrong, I was still desperate to smoke, but I knew that I was making progress. I was going through small chunks of the day without thinking about smoking, and I knew that this meant I was making progress! I was also starting to feel better in myself at this stage. Despite being relatively healthy before, I was breathing more easily already. The headaches I experienced during the first few days of giving up were gone and in their place, a clear mind and hope for the future. It really helped for me to realise I was already experiencing the benefits from quitting smoking.

After quitting smoking Two years ago, I am still smoke free! Of course, I still have moments when I could easily light up again, but there’s no desperate desire for me to do it either. Not smoking is now pretty easy for me and that is a real gift. I quit smoking cigarettes more easily than I ever imagined possible, despite the fact that I didn’t get help to quit smoking. I think this was because I found the best way for me, but everyone is different. I have always had a strong will, whereas some people just need spurring on a little bit more. I just quit smoking because I didn’t want my daughter to see me smoke, but for other people there should always be a motivational factor that can help them.

Anyone who wants more information about quitting smoking should always head to the internet. There’s so much advice for stopping smoking, which can obviously help during that period of time when you are considering committing smoking cessation. It’s the first thing I did when I was giving up, and it was an article on the internet which suggested that I could do this with will power alone. It might not be the avenue for you, but today I am so proud that I conquered my terrible habit!

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