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Why It’s So Hard To Stop Smoking

The good news is, it is possible. You are not in a fight against gravity; you are in a fight against yourself, or at least the part of you that is lazy (or, God forbid, doesn’t care). Your willpower is finite and you have very little of it.

As a health reporter, that sounds great — it’s all about you. You have a lot of control over your destiny. I agree, you do. But sometimes it feels more like the universe is playing a cruel, cruel joke on you. For me, it was starting smoking around age 15 because I was too embarrassed to ask for help. Now, I have stopped smoking and have my health back.  The trick is to find something you enjoy doing even when you feel tired and don’t feel like doing the things you used to enjoy doing. If you enjoy it when you are tired and sick, you will always enjoy it more when you don’t feel that way. Find something you find relaxing when you aren’t feeling that way. You don’t need to quit eating, but make yourself eat more or drink less alcohol, coffee or soda, and try not to drink at all if you are trying to keep a regular exercise routine or lose weight.  When you feel like quitting smoking or drinking, think about that it’s because you feel like it and that you are going to be able to do it, not because it is the only way to feel better.

In other words, just “do it when you’re tired,” don’t make it about yourself, if you are unable to do something you enjoy. Sometimes this is a very lonely thing and you will need to turn to friends and family if you really want to be able to quit.

There are plenty of things that can be done to improve your chances of quitting smoking.  For instance, if you are having trouble quitting because you know it’s killing you, you will want to quit smoking by age 29, and if you know that smoking is killing you but you haven’t felt like you can quit at all, you will want to quit smoking when you are age 46. You will want to quit smoking before you are 45, if your habit will not go away completely when you are in your thirties.

Here is one suggestion: If you start to think about smoking and the feeling of wanting to smoke it more than you do, stop smoking, not think about it.

This also means, don’t start smoking cigarettes or e-cigarettes unless you are trying to quit. For me, I didn’t stop smoking until I was 41. I didn’t think about it at all until I was 42. It took me more than 5 years of smoking to give up. I am much more likely to quit smoking today than I was 5 years ago, and that is because I have had more friends who tried to quit smoking and kept at it longer than what I did. I still have to continue to work on keeping weight off, but as I get older, you will find yourself craving smoking a bit less.

You don’t have to be a smoker nor do you have to be a smoker to benefit from quitting, but as a smoker, you will want to make the most of this chance if it comes your way and you can.

I don’t see smoking as a choice; more like a survival mechanism.

I am a big believer in the idea that the world is a “gift from God” and that is why we feel so helpless and helpless when things go wrong.

Our lives are in God’s hands and we aren’t allowed choices.

This is not a game; this isn’t something we can control — but we can exercise control for ourselves. I didn’t start to be a vegan from reading books and learning about it, I started slowly and decided to take the next step once I started to improve my health. I think there are many different ways to get in shape and many different ways to motivate yourself to work out.

My first few weeks on a plant based diet made me feel like I was dying. I felt tired, irritable, bloated, out of breath, and more and more fatigued all the time. It was so difficult. There are many many many reasons why a person chooses to eat animal products, I don’t need to spend my time explaining them.   I will mention here, however, that I’m no longer taking any medication for my migraines and that has made my migraines much less of a problem.  But seriously for a while I couldn’t get out of bed more than an hour after waking up.

I don’t believe I would be able to quit any other way than the one I started. I am grateful this journey has made me a better human being.