At last, I have kicked my nasty smoking habit and I feel better than ever! Since this is one of the most challenging habits to break, I would like to share my story and help you quit too.
It all started a few years ago when I was going through a really rough patch. Among other things, my girlfriend decided to give up on us and it nearly destroyed me. After all the effort and energy I’d put into the relationship, I didn’t feel like there was anything meaningful left in my life. I had quit smoking before and I hadn’t touched one in about a decade but, when I saw my friend’s open pack on the table, I gave in and lit up.
To cut a long story short, cigarettes had an even stronger hold on me than before but, after some time, I managed to quit and I am a far better man at the end of the day.
An interesting fact that I learned was that everyone of us is different and we place different values on our behaviour as a result. So, while some might see smoking as a bad habit that they should probably quit, others like me have a far stronger emotion attached to cigarettes. For me, every time I lit up, it was like a little reminder in my head saying that I wasn’t living up to my potential and highlighting just how much of a failure I was. By giving cigarettes and smoking such a strong negative meaning, it made quitting that much more difficult for me.
Now I’d like to tell you more about how I managed to get out of this smoking trap and start leading a healthier lifestyle both on a mental and physical level. Since I had tried to quit a few times, I had a drawer full of 4mg nicotine lozenges and gum. I always tried to use these products to help me quit but, as other smokers trying to quit will confirm, they just don’t do the trick. After going back and forth numerous times, you eventually condition your mind into thinking that you are completely unable to quit which makes it that much harder to fight the craving.