Today marks my 7th day without a smoke. Yay me! So, as someone with intense irritability and a severe reduction in tolerance levels, I figured now was as good a time as any to tackle the subject.
Patches that make you itch, sprays that taste like the anal seepage of Satan himself, lozenges that try to choke you and micro-tabs that refuse to melt. These are some of the options faced by those quitting today. Which, I guess, is why they tell you time after time you need will-power to quit.
Whilst the techniques mentioned above certainly sound foul, and they are, they do help. But with all these modern techniques, fancy free ‘quit-kits’ and specialist nurses, it is easy to get caught up in the ‘glamour’ of quitting. Which would be great, if it did not leave people unprepared for the hard slog ahead.
Before tackling the addiction, we should first be aware that we are facing a habit. So, presuming you never get any cravings (which you will) you still have to learn new behaviours. You will find your hands don’t know what to do with themselves. Personally, I am finding eating really hard. Because after every meal, without fail, there was a cigarette. It is easy to see why people turn to food whilst quitting, it is something to do with both your hands and mouth. It is amazing how boring it is without your occupier. Another thing I am finding hard is seeing people smoke, both on TV and out and about. Because I really did love smoking.
It takes, they say, six weeks to make or break a habit. So we should prepare ourselves for spending at least 6 weeks fighting the actual habit. After that, it is just the cravings. And believe it or not, they are the easy bits.
In my opinion, the most important thing you need to quit is support from your loved ones, to say well done and put up with your mood swings. And don’t forget to tell everyone, that is only an added reason to stay smoke free. And the stop smoking nurse said today that I should consider calling it ‘stopping’ rather than ‘quitting’ as you lose the negative connotations with the word.
My daughter used to say ‘Mummy, you can have this cigarette, then one more after but THAT’S IT’. So this is it. And to all of you preparing for Stoptober, good luck! You can do it! And please don’t become those really annoying quitters that moan at all the other smokers around :P.