Wow Doc - that sounds terrifying!
I hope you feel better soon..
I quit smoking 2 years ago - without any bother - how? - the right mind set!
Allow me to provide some useful ideas for anyone whose WANTS to quit smoking.
I'm not going to talk about the health scares because if that was gonna work - none of you would be smoking.
Some statements I've heard from smokers (including myself!):
1. 'Smoking relaxes me' - Wrong - it causes the itch that you need to scratch which causes the itch.- Smoking a cigerette creates an endorphine rush
and when these endorphines are depleted - leave a hole, an empty feeling - a craving.You smoke to become NORMAL again - that cycle needs to be
2.'Smoking relieves boredom' -Really? How interesting are cigarettes? When you actually think about it...they're pretty damn unremarkable.
All that cigarette does is relieves the itch that the first and every cigarette you've ever smoked has caused - when you are 'bored' there's
nothing to distract you from the itch.
3.'I've smoked for years - its going to make it harder for me to stop'. - If you actually belive that, surely its only going to get harder the
longer you leave it?
If you have smoked for years the benifits and the sense of freedom you'll experience when you stop will be even greater!
4.'You have do die from something right? - It might aswell be from something I enjoy, anyway I could walk under a bus tommorow.' - Have you
witnessed a friend or relative diing from a smoking related disease?..Would you actually volunteer to walk under a bus?
5. 'I've heard its 'hard' to stop smoking!' Who's told you that?! You're smoking friends? - The ones that are also trying to justify why they
are still smoking? The NRT companies? - I guess they have sales targets they need to hit.
6. 'I heard that tobacco is more addictive than heroin' hmmmm - Nicotine does act FASTER and you become addicited QUICKER than if you were taking
heroin...but the facts are that you are never badly hooked. Compare a heroin addict and a nicotine addict going through withdrawal should disprove
7. 'When I tried quitting in the past I became unbearable to live with - I shouted at my friends and family.'
I'm sure your friends and family will understand and would rather you be irritable for a few weeks than to die a potentially slow and painful
8. 'I only smoke 10 a day' Why would you boast about how little you do something if you 'enjoy' it? - Think about that.
A few helpful points to help you succeed.
Giving up smoking is easy, but only if you have the right mind set...escape escape escape! - Take control of YOUR life.
NRT can be useful, I used it to take the edge off for the first week, purely because I was at work and needed to work closely with a team. I would
recommend picking a time where work and family commitments are at a 'normal' amount.
I quit smoking on a satuday - and went out drinking with my mates..I had a great time and proved once and for all I could enjoy myself without smoking
- infact, I enjoyed myself more since I didn;t have to break conversation to go outside to smoke, I also had more confidence because I didn't stink
Don't envy smokers -pity them - they are still trapped by myths,you are free.
Imagine yourself in a months time, the redness from your face is fading, broken veins are less visible, you can actually appreciate fabric softener
and enjoy meals....
Its the best thing you'll ever do for your body....its the only one you get!
Good luck and please don't kill me if I sounded patronising...