(continued from my previous post… How I Quit Smoking – A Day Before Quitting)
I smoked for more than 20 years and one thing I noticed, when you wake up early in the morning you don’t feel the withdrawal symptom until you are reminded to smoke. Correct me if I’m wrong, the urge starts when you are reminded of it, the moment you taste the tar in your mouth, smell the stench in your fingers, smell the aroma of coffee or sense anything that you associated with smoking, the urge will begin. If you can sleep eight hours straight, this only means that physical withdrawal is not painful and can easily be controlled, the psychological part to force us to smoke is the most difficult to stop.
This is the reason why I was successful in quitting that vice by choosing night time just before going to sleep to quit. Well, this might not work for everyone, but for me it was just perfect. Before going to bed, I made some preparations and conditioned my mind for the following day in controlling the withdrawal symptoms and in taming those urges once it is triggered by an association with smoking. I made notes and wrote all the reasons why I should quit and threw all the cigarettes and lighters away. I have to prepare, with the trial and errors I made in the past, I know my adversary will not easily give up.
I woke up feeling great, the moment I breathed in deeply, felt the tightness in my lungs the urge to smoke began. The whole morning before going to work was a tug of war. The voice saying “You can always quit anytime, it’s very easy, smoke another cigarette…” was echoing in my mind. I just kept on reminding myself the reason why I need to quit. I Drank plenty of water and I always kept on saying to myself that I am a smoker no more.
The most difficult part was in the office. When I arrived in the office that morning, I could feel my jaws locking up and my whole head was burning inside. Water, deep breathing, reading the notes I wrote helped me in fighting the temptation to smoke. Each time an association presents itself, like the telephone ringing, unnecessary noises, customers complaining, etc. the urge keeps on hammering inside me. Although those urges didn’t last more than 5 minutes, I never felt so irritable in my whole life. Another unexpected blow I encountered was right after lunch. I could see my office mates smoking engulfing those smoke to their lungs, the urge was strong, but consoled myself by reading again the notes I made. The day in the office lasted like that and twice I almost gave in buying those filthy cigarettes but I managed to control them.
The day was finally over, I can already feel my body numbing inside and the urges although becoming stronger but becoming more manageable. That night I kept on eating and drinking (not alcohol but soda). I ate chips, cookies, noodles, almost all the food I could see in the house and gulped them down with soda. Those notes I wrote down helped me a lot, I read them who knows how many times and the most important thing is I always told myself that this is needed, a healing process to free myself from the slavery brought by smoking.
Those reasons I wrote in my notes greatly helped me in controlling the urge in smoking. Each time I feel succumbing in buying a cigarette, reading them reminds me why I should quit. Aside from those notes, prayers as well brought forth strength in controlling my urge in smoking. Surprisingly, it was also on this “day one” that I met the book of Allen Carr “The Easy Way to Quit Smoking” in the web. The reviews in Amazon.com were amazing, so I ordered this book. Although I already quit smoking for seven days when the book arrived and began reading it, I thought, everything could have been a lot easier if I’ve gotten this book much earlier.
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