I can't tell you about the first time I smoked a cigarette because I honestly don't remember it. But what I can tell you is that I spent many years in a co-dependent relationship with this nasty habit. I've never been a heavy smoker, not even close. I'd light up a cigarette here and there, during social events, after a meal, but especially if I was dealing with a stressful situation. Any time I felt stressed out, the first thought in my head would be 'I need a cigarette. And hopefully I will feel better.'
Well, guess what.
Cigarettes aren't problem solvers. They're not stress relievers. If anything, they're manipulative and deceitful because they make you think they have superpowers to solve all of your problems.
They don't. Cigarettes are like drama queens. They feed off of drama and prey on you when you are at your weakest- - the more you stress, the more they win. It's a vicious cylce that's so not cool, and a cycle I am breaking up with. I know we've broken up before and I vowed to stay away forever but this time, like Taylor Swift would sing, 'We're never ever ever...getting back together.'
With all jokes aside though, I really wish I could go back in time and said no to cigarettes but we all know that's not possible. So instead, I've decided to do what I can today, right now - - and that is to take back the years that I've lost due to puffing the poison. I've been smoke-free for almost two weeks now.
And already, I feel so much better. I'm doing something great for my health. I'm taking a stand and protecting my life by honoring my body, my being. I know it's only been barely two weeks - - but I have a good feeling this is going to be the last time I quit. Good riddance, cigarettes -- you're no bueno for me and it's goodbye forever!
Do you have any good tips on how to stay smoke-free especially after smoking for awhile? Did you do it cold turkey or with assistance such as a patch/gum?
If you're struggling too and need to find ways to relieve stress, refer to my recent blog post!
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