It has been a tough four of five days for you, and yes, you are doing extremely well. You have eliminated the drug nicotine from your body. Your little nicotine monster is dead and you are well on your way to becoming a non-smoker.
Continue to snack on healthy foods and then the guarantee of not gaining too much weight will be a bonus. Drink water and walk around as much as you possibly can, it is not only beneficial for you it will help your psychological dependency on smoking to diminish daily.
Your mind is dealing with a huge change, and you have, over the years, programmed your mind to accept smoking as a normal occurrence. You have had to deal with the nicotine monster, and now that your mind is trying to adjust, you have to remove all thoughts of smoking. Mental images flashing across your mind will only confuse you, so you want to be in charge of what you want your mind to recognize and remember.
If you tell yourself that you have given up smoking forever, your body will accept that as there is no nicotine monster to feed. Yet your mind cannot understand “forever’; it is timeless, and there is no beginning and no end. It will be easier for your mind to accept a short time period for reference. Therefore, each morning when you wake up, say to yourself, “today I am not going to smoke”, and your mind will manage to accept your statement.
Continue to see yourself as a non-smoker and begin to realize the enormous benefits you will be rewarded with for quitting. Your mind needs this reminder and each time you imply a pleasant thought about not smoking you are eliminating the deep buried mental reminders of how you enjoyed smoking in the past.
Keep reminding yourself how delightful change is and how beneficial not smoking is. Realize the money savings; the sense of smell and taste returning; feel the energy return to your body and inhale the fresh air as your lungs eagerly embrace the fresh non-polluted air and not nicotine smoke. Your skin appears healthier, you feel invigorated and filled with stamina. You are a changed person.
You are a non-smoker.
You are a socially acceptable person, bask in the pleasure of not having to dart in and out of buildings just for a quick puff on a cigarette. Feel the satisfaction of being in control of your body and mind. Remind yourself how horrible cigarette smoke smells. Remember how awful it is to kiss a smoker and smile. Experience the freedom that a non-smoker has, endless benefits and they are all yours.
Well done, and remember; don’t go backwards. You do not have to. There is no benefit to lighting up. Continue to move forward and enjoy the extra years you have given yourself to live in this wonderful world.
Written by Laura Oneale