The Reality of Quitting
Friday, November 23, 2012
We’re not going to lie, quitting isn’t easy. But, millions of women just like you have quit smoking and are still non-smokers. You can too! So, let’s get real about quitting smoking.
You might crave cigarettes
Many people experience cravings—they will pass. Most cravings only last a few minutes. As time goes on, the urges to smoke will get weaker and come less often.
Withdrawal is uncomfortable
Although withdrawal is uncomfortable, it’s not painful or dangerous. Plus, it only last for a short time, so it’s manageable.
You might gain weight
Gaining a few extra pounds after quitting is normal, but exercise and healthy eating can stop most, if not all, of this weight gain.
Everything I do reminds me of smoking
Smoking has been part of your daily life, like smoking while drinking coffee and waiting for the bus. But every day that you spend as a non-smoker will help you make new routines that don’t include cigarettes.
Smoking is a part of me
Smoking feels good because you’ve had lots of practice being a smoker. But you have years ahead of you to practice being a non-smoker. It doesn’t have to define who you are.
The benefits of quitting are far better than the discomforts. Stay with it and find your smokefree-dom. Once you do, you'll never let it go!