(continued from my previous post… How I Quit Smoking – Day Three)
I quit smoking in September 2006. I made several attempts to quit before I became successful, even though I failed so many times my determination to be free from the slavery of smoking never ceased. There came a time where I thought quitting was almost impossible, I could quit for several hours then found myself smoking again. The only thing I could see that would make me stop smoking is an incurable disease in my body. Fortunately and thank God that moment never came.
I always thought that there was a way that would make me feel the way I used to be before I started smoking. I told myself, I would do everything just to quit comfortably without suffering or undergoing the withdrawal period. But at that point in time of my life I realized that after smoking for 22 years that magical moment of quitting comfortably without feeling that withdrawal symptom is pure fantasy. It took a lot of practice, trial and error, experiments, frustrations and determination before I was successful in quitting this filthy habit. I finally discovered that with the proper conditioning of the mind, the withdrawal period actually is the period of healing. It is at this time that the body is cleaning itself of nicotine and all the cancerous things we injected to our body.
When I was in my teens, I never liked vegetables; the taste, smell and there was something about herbs that my body could not absorb. But I as I grew older and learned the wonderful things you get when you eat veggies (nutrients, vitamins, fiber, etc.) I soon started eating them without any problem. Just like in smoking, that first puff was disgusting, it tasted awful, it smelled bad, you got dizzy and brought you a slight headache. But as soon as we got hooked and as time passed by, we now say that smoking is good and relaxing. When the time comes when we want to quit, it becomes so difficult because cigarette has already become part of our life and it is now controlling us psychologically and subconsciously. And in order to quit successfully, we have to reverse and remove all those things that we associated with smoking, physically and psychologically.
I hope I have inspired you in telling my story how I quit smoking from day one to three. Those were the moments worth mentioning when I quit smoking successfully, although it took three to four weeks before I passed the withdrawal stage completely. There will come a time when you will feel the urge to smoke, guard those moments and don’t be tempted. Always remind yourself that smoking gave you nothing good, it only gave you misery and slavery. When you see someone smoking and feel the urge, remind yourself that the one smoking is no better than a drug addict and needs your pity. Remember, temptation comes to everyone, even to the non-smoker. So when you quit, keep on reminding yourself the reasons why you need to quit, keep on reminding yourself that smoking will only enslave you and will do nothing good. Cough, colds, tightness in your lungs, stink in your breath, clothes, fingers, loss of apetite, loss of breathe, loss of self-respect, irritability, loss of self-control, loss of money, cause of cancer name all the bad things that you can think of. Make those words sink into your subconscious mind and soon you will discover that the withdrawal stage will no longer be a stage of difficulty and misery but actually will give you the feeling of freedom and bliss as each moment passes by.
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