There’s no doubt about it, one of the biggest challenges about giving smoking is simply keeping your mind off it. At the start of a ‘quit’ it can consume your every waking thought, cigarettes become the focus and it’s difficult to concentrate on anything else.

That’s obviously going to make quitting much more difficult and it’s really one of the main reasons that people have such problems trying to quit. Cigarettes become something much more important than they really are. Once you’ve quit, they’re completely inconsequential but to a smoker they’re right at the very core of every waking minute.

It sounds difficult to comprehend, but a smoker will often view every situation with regards the potential to smoke. At the office, in a meeting, even a romantic meal or a date – how can you fit cigarettes into the situation. The office, the restaurant and the pub are now probably non-smoking – so every professional or social situation is more difficult for a smoker who has to fit in a quick escape every hour or so.

This is the way to view smoking, not how it makes life easier (cos it doesn’t) but how it makes life more complicated. For someone giving up, this is the time to embrace how much simpler life becomes when you’re not a drug addict who needs to escape periodically to get a fix. Imagine you can enjoy a meal, or a conversation with out rushing off into the cold outside. You can watch a film without enforced breaks, relax at the cinema without chewing your nails for the last thirty minutes.

It doesn’t stop there, watch people spill out of an airplane or rail carriage desperate for a smoke – what have they been thinking of for the last part of their journey? It’s been an enforced cold turkey session, something that a smoker will experience lots of times a day, every day for the rest of their smoking life. For the non-smoker these stressful situations simply don’t exist.

So don’t worry about pining for a smoke when you’re giving up, it fades, the feeling will eventually disappear if you stay off the smokes. If you carry on you’ll suffer the cravings and withdrawals every day of your life to some extent. Enjoy life, save up your money for little treats along the way – nothing enormous just something fun. The first week I gave up I spent the money I saved on a Netflix account for the family. Week two and I bought a neat little application like this which let me watch the current season of Dr Who from outside the UK.

We all know the benefits hugely outweigh the drawbacks in giving up smoking, in fact they’re aren’t really any bad things about giving up smoking. So embrace the experience, revel in your giving up ¬†and enjoy the rest of yoru life smoke free – it’s a wonderful thing believe me.

Harry Palmer

Ex-Smoker (15 Years) and Author of This Website