By now, you should be starting to feel the health benefits; you may feel that you have a bit more puff and you can do more physical exercise without getting so tired and breathless. Some people like to take up a new activity when they quit smoking so that they can appreciate this even more – whether that’s swimming, hiking, cycling or running… they are all great ways to keep yourself busy and also to reduce the chance of weight gain.
Take a look in the mirror. Can you see how much brighter your eyes are? Do you notice the staining on your teeth and fingers starting to fade? And when you walk past smokers, do you notice how strong the smell of smoke is on them? Just remember, that used to be you, but now you can smile to yourself with the knowledge that it isn’t anymore.
For some people it is the lifestyle of being a non-smoker that they relish; the freedom to go where they want and do what they choose, without having to work out where and when they can smoke. No longer will you have to stand out in the cold and rain, shivering or suffering the agony of a train journey or concert gasping for your next chance to smoke. There’ll be no distraction when you are playing with your children, always waiting for that chance to break away for a cigarette. You can enjoy all of these things without the hassle of smoking.
Of course, who doesn’t like a bit of extra cash in their pocket? Try putting the same amount of money you would have spent on smoking in a money box or jar, and see how quickly your savings grow! Before you know it, you will have a nice lump sum to spend on something special, a real treat to say well done.
Now balance all of this against the only real negative to stopping smoking, which is that your nicotine addiction is no longer being fed. You will see that this isn’t negative at all. It is the freedom from smoking that is the reward for all your hard work.
Sue Melville, Stop Smoking Advisor, Stop4Life (0800 612 4580 / email@example.com)