I’ve mentioned in a previous post that smoking was never something I thought I’d get caught up in. Seeing my mother’s own struggles to quit made me believe that I could never find myself addicted. But that all changed when my first marriage ended, and I found myself smoking a pack a day. I don’t want to glamorize it, but smoking seemed at the time to be just what I needed to de-stress. Never mind that smoking (or any addiction) only makes you think you are coping better. The truth was that I was ruining my health and losing myself in this expensive habit, and it was only having my first child that helped me to quit for good.
It’s now been almost five years since I proclaimed myself an ex–smoker, and I have never been happier. With the end of summer quickly approaching, I am planning on joining up in the SELFtember™ movement, which is a big idea focusing on choosing your SELF for a whole month. Self care is incredibly important for anyone, but I think it’s especially important for women. So often we put others before ourselves – especially if you are a mom! – and it is incumbent upon us to treat ourselves with the same care we do anyone else. I even wrote a reminder in my journal so that I would not forget!
If you’re looking for something wonderful to do for yourself this year, why not use SELFtember™ to focus on your efforts to quit smoking? Consider nicotine replacement therapies and head on over to to register for the MyQuit program, an email support program based on where you are in your journey. It is customized for you – after all, the support you need in your first week is different than the support you may need in your last!
If you need more reasons to quit, check out these nine things that have changed for the better since I quit smoking.
I Have More Energy
I am able to actually walk, run and climb mountains without getting out of breath!
I Don’t Stink!
Anyone who stood near me for five seconds could tell I was a smoker. The smell was on everything I owned!
I No Longer Have Yellow Fingers
My nails and hands no longer have the tell-tale nicotine coloring.
Food Tastes Better
One of the many downsides of smoking is that it makes it harder to actually taste things. Since quitting, I can appreciate delicious flavors so much more!
I Have More to Look Forward to When I Wake Up
When I was a smoker, I would wake up, and the only thing on my mind was getting my first smoke of the day in. Now I wake up feeling refreshed, and I look forward to things like snuggling my kids and going outside!
Fresh Air Never Felt So Fresh
Most smokers use code when they are going for a cigarette. Many say they’re going out for some “fresh air.” The truth is that smoking makes it very hard to ever enjoy the clean natural smell of nature.
I Can Cope So Much Better with Stress
It used to be that whenever I got overwhelmed, I’d have a cigarette, and it would seemingly calm me down. Without cigarettes, I’ve learned coping techniques to ACTUALLY make me calmer and stay calm. I am now able to cope with stress in a healthy way!
I’m More Outgoing
I always heard it said that smoking is a “social activity.” And it is true – smokers will gravitate toward one another because no one else wants to be near them! But since quitting, I’ve been much more comfortable going to up to people I meet and engaging in conversation.
I Am Heart Healthier
It isn’t something you’ll notice on your own, but quitting smoking can benefit your heart! 1 year after quitting, your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker. Since this runs in my family, I know I’ve done myself a huge favor by quitting!
Stopping smoking is never easy. It requires you to be ready, willing and able to focus and follow through.
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