I love to see people quit smoking And I try to help. Mostly by letting you know it's doable, it's joyful, and it doesn't have to be a horrible journey.
But advice? I have a hard time giving practical advice to quitters. So rather than just brushing that off, I decided to figure out why I can't give 'quit smoking' advice.
And the truth is........
It's so obvious. To quit smoking, you pull up your big girl panties and just do it. No magic formulas, no putting it off on someone else, no miracle cures. You have to put them down and then never pick them up again.
Sounds harsh, huh? That's where I usually come in. Because pulling up those panties and doing it isn't harsh at all. It's the outward motions (or non-motions) of a quit.
Then there is the inward journey....and that is where you find your courage, your strength, your joys, and your wonder. Life without smoking is simply......breathtakingly stunning. The sights, the smells, the freedom. All the negatives of the outward journey fade as the beautiful inward journey spreads into all aspects of your world.
So you may have to go through the difficult motions of quitting. The possible headaches and physical signs of withdrawal. The loss of a habit you've had for 20-30-50 years. The changing your lifestyle by not having your morning coffee or suddenly buying a lot of lollipops. The cravings you need to ride out. All the these outward behaviors and changes may be full of struggles but they fade. I promise they fade.
And then the inward journey blossoms. And it's full of everything good and sweet and surprising and delightful. You find yourself. You look at the world differently because you look at yourself differently. With pride and confidence and satisfaction because you've done the impossible. The fears and doubts and anxiety trickle away with the craves. The negatives become only faint memories.
In all honesty, I can't tell you anything you don't already know. To quit smoking, you have to put them down. Your thoughts, your behaviors, and your attitudes will determine your quit. It's all up to you.
I can tell you that you can, indeed, quit. And that it only gets better. And that you will never, ever regret doing it. I promise.