This article was submitted by Sandra, it was a comment in our post Side Effects of Quitting Smoking and it was published as a regular post, thank you for sharing your experience.
I’m on day 24 of being smoke free, after 18 years of smoking. My spouse and I both decided to quit smoking to show solidarity for my dad, who had to quit in order to be considered for some serious upcoming surgery. After we decided to quit, it seemed really silly that it should take something like this to make us quit; you’d think our own health would have made this a priority years ago!
The physical side effects of quitting were only a problem for the first week or so, and were only really bad for the first few days. I do still miss smoking, though. I realize that it was an outlet for me: an excuse to get out of my office and collect my thoughts outside by myself every few hours, or a quiet few minutes to plan my day every morning, etc. I’m trying to still make time for myself in the same way, but instead of standing in the alley smoking I’m now hanging out in the stairwell or walking around the block.
If we can identify why we smoke, what it offers us, and how we can eliminate it from our lives by replacing it with something healthier, I definitely believe that we are all capable of beating this destructive habit, even if i takes more than one try Thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences, best of luck to all of us!
Another non-smoker! Keep it up guys!
Thank you so much for sharing your story Sandra and thank you for all the commenters in this blog. Everything is appreciated so we could live our lives to the fullest as a non-smoker. More money and more years to our lives especially during our retirement.
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