20 July 2008

No Excuses for Smoking

No Excuses for SmokingWhen you are a smoker, it is very easy to believe that smoking is the answer to all your problems, and to find reasons for why you smoke. When you are unable to concentrate, you are convinced that you will be able to focus when you light up a cigarette. When someone irritates you, you think that you will feel more relaxed when you light up a cigarette. When first you become a nonsmoker, everything that goes wrong is associated with the fact that you are not smoking. Your partner urges you to buy some cigarettes because you are irritable and no longer a pleasure to be with. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

The fact is, smoking never made anyone perfect. Smokers also get irritable, have trouble concentrating and are not always a pleasure to be with. You cannot pin these or any other problems on the fact that you are a nonsmoker. You have not changed, your personal situations have probably not changed, you will still get problems, but it is very easy to blame these emotions on being a nonsmoker because smoker always feels that smoking grant relax and releases stress.

After you have successfully stopped smoking for a while, you may feel quitting has been easier than you expected. Not that it's been easy altogether, but it still has not been as hard as you feared. You may now go for several hours, maybe most of the day or evening, without even thinking about a cigarette. Here is the downside of feeling too confident: You're at a party. You're feeling good. Maybe you've had a drink or two. Someone offers you a cigarette. You think, "I'm not having any trouble. I will have a couple tonight and go back to non-smoking tomorrow. Maybe stay with a routine of only smoking at parties." Vigilance - that is the word for the next few months. You don't have to spend every waking moment managing your quitting, but you do have to stay on your toes, vigilant, alert to the temptations or situations that can mess up your plan. Give your nonsmoking the vigilance you would for anything else that is very important.

Nicotine is a deadly drug, which possess a powerful addiction. The fortunate thing is that thousands of people are successfully trying to avoid its grip and many have already succeeded. They are same people who once have thought that they would not be able to quit smoking. Finally, they won over smoking addiction and turned their dream into the reality. Their determination has worked for them.