I have often wondered to myself how people simply stopped smoking cigarettes. For me personally, being a heavy smoker for 25 years, I had tried numerous methods to quit to no avail. I had tried the Tobacco hotline, the nicotine patches, the nicotine gum, Wellbutrin, Chantix, and even paid $350 for acupuncture, in an attempt to escape the smoking obsession. I had finally decided that I would always be a smoker due to the fact that I simply enjoyed smoking too much. Today, however, as I sit here tobacco free, I thought I would share with you, how I stopped smoking.
When you smoke as many cigarettes as I did, 2-3 packs a day, it becomes an obsession, a very strong addiction. I could not go anywhere without knowing where my cigarettes were, how many I had at all times, and when my next cigarette would be smoked. It was like having a ball and chain literally strapped to my legs. Over the years, that ball and chain became heavier and heavier as I began reaping the consequences of smoking,- my bones became brittle, my skin aged, and my lungs were congested, just a few to mention.
So how did I finally quit? I discovered the key word-OBSESSION! I was literally putting too much Focus on smoking!
Do you remember the Robin Williams movie, Patch Adams, when at the beginning of the movie Robin Williams is in the psych hospital for contemplating suicide and one of the other patients there keeps holding up 4 of his fingers asking everyone how many fingers he is holding up and everyone replies 4 which frustrates the patient?
It is then later revealed in the movie, that you only see four fingers because you put too much focus on it. Once you relax and let your eyes go out of focus can you see more fingers. It is quite a phenomenon. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone, by the way.
Another way to explain the too much focus issue is like this: Have you ever tried to lose weight by dieting? What is the first thing you focus on the day you start your diet? Food! Why? Because you start to count the minutes until your next meal! Take the focus off of food by simply not thinking about it, and watch what happens. Now you are no longer counting the minutes until your next meal, and losing weight will become easier. Try it for yourself. 😉
Is any of this making sense to you the reader?
Everyday when I find my mind starting to think about my next cigarette, I simply shut my thoughts down and think about something else, its really that simple. I can not believe personally, just how simple, and easy this method has worked for me. I am grateful today, that my house no longer is filled with cigarette smoke. I am grateful today, that I no longer wreak of cigarettes. I am also very grateful that I am on a path to living a more healthier lifestyle.
Thank you for reading, and I hope this blog can help you!
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