I smoked myself and smoked 20 to 25 cigarettes a day. I've often thought about giving up but I was not really sure how to do it.
At first I tried hypnotherapy. I found the experience very relaxing and great for stress relief. I would lie on my bed every day and listen to my hypnotherapy tapes. But as soon as I sat down, I immediately wanted to smoke a car/">cigarette.
At the same time, I knew another person who was trying to quit smoking. She too has tried hypnotherapy. She also read several books and tried several different courses. But to this day she still smokes.
I realized after looking for several years that her problem was not in the treatments and books that she used. Her failure was in the fact that she really did not want to quit and that she was instead looking for that magic "something" that would make her want to quit. She just could not see that if she did not want to stop herself, nothing would happen. She just could not see herself as a non-smoker.
I, too, had looked at several ways to stop smoking while I continued to smoke.
Then my alarm clock arrived a stormy night in 1990.
It was about 6 pm and my 6 year old son and I had just finished dinner. Outside, there was a raging storm. I had no more cigarettes that afternoon and because of the bad weather, I tried to convince myself that I would be fine without a car/">cigarette for the rest of the day.
But once our evening meal was over, I was "dying" for a car/">cigarette. But I did not have any, so I washed the dishes and I thought everything would be fine.
Then, about half an hour later, I thought I was preparing my son for bed. But the idea of sitting alone all night without any cigarettes was disturbing.
There was a petrol station about 5 minutes walk from us and I decided to take the chance to walk there (I did not have a car). After all, how far could we be soaked in such a short period of time? It was also a cold night, so I dressed with my young son and myself in our warmest coats and hats and put on our wellington boots
Then we went out the door to take my cigarettes. We walked as fast as we could but water gushed on the road and on our feet and the rain really whipped our faces.
When we came home, we were soaked. We took off our hats and coats and hung them up to dry. The rain was so strong that she had also penetrated our clothes and our hair was stuck to our heads.
We undressed and started to wipe my son's hair. I saw for the first time how cold and wet it was and when I saw it shudder, I burst into tears. How could I have been so selfish to drag the poor little boy in bad weather for something as unimportant as smoking?
I do not need to tell you that I did not like smoking cigarettes that night. Every time I looked at the package, I remembered how much I was selfish and I felt miserable that my need for cigarettes had been more important to me than the well-being of my son.
I knew at that time that I did not want to smoke anymore. I knew that if I was not a smoker, I would never pull my son in a storm again and we would have more money to spend if I did not waste everything on cigarettes. I felt like a totally selfish mother and I was determined to do something about it.
So even though I felt bad about what I had done, I felt so exhilarated because I knew I was going to stop smoking. And I did it.
I did not do it instantly. Instead, I used a slow dropout system so that gradually, over the next few months, I would smoke less and less, until I no longer smoke at all.
Other smokers were stunned. my life for good and they started asking me for the exact method I had used.
So I started helping them all, taking them step by step and month by month through how I did it and they did it. Finally, I had started helping more and more people quit smoking and now I have decided to put my complete method in a book so that everyone can do it.
Becoming a non-smoker is not easy, but it's not impossible. I know, because when I started becoming a non-smoker, even though I was determined to do it, I always found it hard.
But my slow and steady system to take out cigarettes of your life the whole process easy. In fact, you will hardly notice that you stop.
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