Can you quit? It’s national no smoking day so today would be a good day to try especially if you’re needing some support and advice.
For the record I’m an ‘occasional’ smoker (yes that annoying sort that only smoke when they’re out socialising or other such occasions!) I grew up with a parent that smoked (and successfully has quit for over 10 years now) and grandparents that smoked. There was a time when I was younger that smoking was great and everyone tried it and now I know a lot of people that still smoke, but I also know a lot that don’t. Thankfully my own children seem to think it’s the most disgusting thing ever.
I’m fully aware that you might be pretty sick of trying to quit, and hearing about how you should quit, and seeing other people manage to quit around you. You need to be ready. You need to want it so much and to somehow start seeing a cigarette as a vile, fiery implement and not something that’s going to make you feel better. It’s not a food source, you don’t NEED it, you’re addicted to it and that’s almost worse because an addiction really messes with your head and your body’s reactions.
This is your choice. Yours alone. The benefits of stopping will affect you as much as the repercussions of not.
Reasons to stop smoking? (As a germ-a-phobic I was so surprised by one of these facts!)
- You’ll save money – And you’ll save more money every year…and not get upset every time they go up in price!
- You won’t inhale as many germs – Cigarettes are infested with germs! Yuck! When you smoke you inhale the germs too…I’ve never seen that fact on any advert but I’m sure it would deter some people.
- Smoking will ruin your blood flow. Slow blood flow causes major health problems like clogged arteries, sluggish working organs…and yes…it even ruins your ability to get aroused. So it pretty much just slows down your whole body’s ability to function.
- You’ll sleep better.
- Your bones will actually be stronger and much better at supporting your body.
- It will lower you risk of heart disease, which will help your whole health, body and life.
- Smoking actually increases chances of developing dementia, Lupus, arthritis, macular degeneration/blindness, heart burn and of course cancer. The health risks to your life is horrific if you think about it.
- Lower the chance of your child (if pregnant or have a new born) having SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome) and even colic.
- COPD – I just watched my Aunty and my Nana die from this and it scared me. Horrible thing to suffer from.
What can you do?
I’ve done other pieces on some of the above conditions in earlier articles and trust me if you ever have the time, just read up a little on them because they will make you think about what can happen to you…more importantly you can stop it from happening and protect yourself.
- Try nicotine replacement products.
- Stock up on the lollipops…sugar free obviously!
- Start exercising. I feel like I suggest this to everyone for everything but to be honest I think it’s a vital part of life. You won’t want to smoke so much if you can’t move your body for long before needing to lie down! However it is that your body can move, just move it!
- Keep pictures of your nearest and dearest with you. Whenever you feel like having a sneaky smoke - remember why you’re quitting.
- Put the money you would’ve spent in a separate bank account and check on it every week.
- Contact the NHS http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/help-and-advice
- Buy an E-cig
It’s up to you!
At the end of the day you can quit as many times as you need to, as long as you don’t stop trying. You’re not going to be able to do it unless you’re ready to do it, but be honest with yourself, you could even just start by cutting down first.
It’s not easy but a lot of things aren’t and you manage to do them. There’s that scary thought that one day you’ll be told some horrific life changing news that something like smoking has caused you to have to face, and you will sit there and think “I should’ve quit, it’s my fault, and how will I tell my family? How will my lifestyle change now? Will I suffer and die?”
So give yourself a break now and a head start. Don’t sit there full of regrets one day, you can’t be mad at yourself if you try and keep trying until you succeed.
NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline 0800 169 9 169 NHS Stop smoking line 0800 169 0 169 www.quit.org.uk