This is part of a series of letters from QuitNet members who shared their experience with quitting smoking using QuitNet, and offered their encouragement for others to do the same. If you'd like to share your experience or motivate a loved one or smoker who wants to quit, please submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I decided I would eliminate cigarettes from my lifestyle, I gave it serious thought. I asked for advice, then made a plan using techniques that sat right with me. We are all different, and that's okay! Quitting is an individual process, so some advice will not suit everyone.
I set a quit date and had one session of hypnotherapy to give me a head start. I had smoked for 43 years and planned to quit without the help of NRT.
Smoking was no longer an option, so I changed my routine. I sat in a different place for my morning cuppa, I stayed inside at work breaks, and I took walks before meals. I watched movies and discovered other ways to beat the cravings. I became a bit selfish–my quit was my first priority.
Be gentle with yourself! Quitting is not easy, but it can be done. I still think of smoking at times, but no way am I falling back into the trap of addiction. You’ll need determination and hard work, but if you really want to quit, you can do it!