It’s the 3rd week of Lent! And welcome back to our Smoking Control Quitters’ Blog. And guess what happened by accident?! I thought it was more than enough for me to have quit smoking and so didn’t give up anything else for Lent. And I’ve just realised I haven’t actually eaten any chocolate (I’m almost sure anyway) since Ash Wednesday. So go me! Well one my way to optimal health and well-being.
Today’s picture is me with a hat. Sadly, it’s not my hat as I’m pretty fond of it now.
(Okay, where’s she going with this?!)
You may remember that I decided to take up knitting in order to keep my hands busy and my mind distracted in an effort to break some of my evening-time smoking habits. Well, behold my first ever knitted thing that’s not a scarf! It’s a present for my boyfriend though I may re-think that as I’m pretty attached…
Knitting really has been a great help. You have to think about it while you’re doing it and you need both hands. Previous evening-time activities were easily done while smoking; watching TV, surfing the internet, chatting on the phone. I’m addicted now and am taking orders from friends and family.
My point here is (apart from promoting my new craft business!) that you really do need to think of something else to do. It sounds obvious but it’s so important. Break the habits and change your routine so that the activities and times you associate with smoking become associated with something else.
I’m still in the warm a fuzzy self-righteous glow of being a new non-smoker so it may be hard to take advice from me. So this week, I’ve asked one of my colleagues, a long-time non-smoker, to tell us a little about how she feels about things now…
Noeleen, LloydsPharmacy, The Mill S.C. Clondalkin
Quit Date: 3 years ago
Still Smoke-Free: YES!
Anyone out there trying to give up the cigarettes, hang in there, believe me it will get better. I was there myself and it will be worth it. The ‘freedom’, as I called it at the time, was like I was released from something.
The best advice I would give is to do something with the money that you would normally spend on cigarettes, that is if you could afford to smoke in the first place. I got myself a loan and I knew then that the money was spoken for. I got my first car and paid back the loan within a year, I was so proud of that little Micra.
Apart from my car and back to the more serious side, my health was my main reason for giving them up. I got bronchitis every year and I have never had it since I gave them up. All the other little things like tasting my food again, my house smelling good and having loads of energy were a bonus. So if you’re trying to kick the habit at the moment, keep going and set yourself a goal, maybe a nice holiday or a spa weekend when you have reached your 3 or 6 month goal.
Thank you Noeleen!
I love Noeleen’s tactic of getting that loan. It’s not unusual for a smoker to spend €300 in a month on cigarettes. That’s the repayment on the loan for a very nice car. But health is obviously the more important aspect. Giving up smoking is the single most significant improvement you can make to your health. And as I hope you can see from our blog, it’s not impossible; it’s not always easy of course but not impossible…
We’ll be back next week with an update from one of our favourite bloggers and amazing pharmacy managers, Lyndsey, to see how she’s been getting on since we heard from her last.