Lessons Learned: 2 days No Smoking

Quitting smoking is rough. No joke.

This is what I’ve learned so far in two days of being a non-smoker:

– I’m having coughing fits way more than I did when I smoked. Supposedly this is normal, but it makes people comment — “oh but I thought you quit smoking!)

– Now that I dont smoke, it seems like everyone else does. On day one I left my house to go to work and the person next to me at the light was smoking… of course. I get to work and there are FIVE people outside the building smoking.

– I (think) I can already smell better. This might all be in my mind though… but it’s a nice thought.

– I will have to learn to live (at least for now) with short fingernails. I’ve been biting them whenever I’m anxious – instead of smoking. I’ll worry about kicking the nail biting habit after I’ve beat the nicotine habit.

– Nicotine gum tastes like pepper. It’s not horrible, but I can see why most people think it tastes gross. But more importantly, it works! No cigarette cravings.

– The worst smoking trigger for me is just leaving work. I guess smoking a cig after work was like a reward. Plus the majority of my co-workers also smoke. Before I get off of work I have to furiously chew on the nicotine gum and pump myself up to just walk straight to my car. I need a better reward for finishing work for the day… ideas? (warning: I like chocolate but probably not enough to make it a suitable reward)

– Even though the nicotine gum (or patch or whatever) is curbing your need for a cigarette, you constantly think about cigarettes. But not in a I-want-one kind of way. More like a -oh-hey-this-is-the-point-in-the-day-when-I-used-to-smoke way.

– A majority of people are surprisingly bad at being supportive. Smokers feel like they are “losing ” you or are jealous because they want to quit but think they can’t. This makes sense. But non-smokers are the worst. They think they understand how hard it is to quit because they read some article about it — and then they end up saying things like, “so how long do you think you’re going to last?” Thanks for the vote of confidence, buddy! Soooo NOT what I need to hear right now.

But you know what? That is just motivation for me to prove them wrong. Whenever I want a cigarette, I think about the people who said that – the people who think I’m going to relapse – and I push through. They have no idea what I’m going through, how difficult it is to quit, what it feels like…. AND they have no idea how ridiculously stubborn I can be.

I’ll wrap this up with some advice: If someone tells you they’re quitting smoking, congratulate them and encourage them. No matter what your personal opinion is about they’re likelihood for success, please keep everything you say positive.

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About kellchris

I'm an artist and art therapy student. When I'm not painting or experimenting with ceramics, I'm usually hiking, cooking, or making the big bucks bartending. View all posts by kellchris

One response to “Lessons Learned: 2 days No Smoking

  • Audria Boshell

    I know how you feel ! Im on my 40th hour no cigarette. . Im glad just wished I dirnt want one every time I drive. Talk on the phone wake up. Before bed ..lol list goes on

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