I used to be a chain smoker. I found it extremely difficult to quit. But I was able to be successful at quitting it. Today, I am proud to be smoke-free, and It has been four years that I had abandoned it. Today, I would like to share my journey with you about – How did I quit it.
You know, it just started with a single puff of a cigarette. I just wanted to try it out. In the initial days, I started doing it to look cool to my peers. Then I got into my job in Sales. A lot of sales professionals at our company used to smoke. I thought it would be a good idea to create a rapport with them. I started smoking one cigarette a week. Gradually, it kept on increasing until it reached almost one pack a day.
And then, I lost my father because of Cancer. Although he did not use to smoke in the last two decades of his life, he used to be a smoker earlier in his life. It hit me badly. I realized I got to take care of my health so that I can be there for my family. That is how my journey to become healthier started.
I brought in a lot of changes in my life over the next few years. I turned Vegan (well, almost 90%), and I did quit Smoking. Quitting Smoking was especially hard because I was addicted to it. Even after realizing that I should quit it, it took me some time to be over it completely because it was not easy. I also felt that people who are close to me should not suffer because of this bad habit of mine. Because, if I smoke, they also inhale passive smoke, which is bad for their health.
You must have good support during a time when you are quitting a habit like this. In my case, I had huge support from my life partner. There used to be pathetic withdrawal symptoms. They used to make me irritated, frustrated, and annoyed. Luckily I sailed through those bad days because of the immense support I received.
One of my friends also helped me become aware of how quitting it can help me make my finances better. So, he used an online calculator that tells you how much money you can save if you quit smoking cigarettes. I don't remember which one it was since it has been a few years. So, I just tried doing a google search to show you something similar that worked for me.
I used to smoke one pack a day, and each pack cost around $5, I calculated what would be my savings for ten years if I quit. And it came out to be more than $18,000. That indeed is a huge amount.
You can see that in below example:
The above calculator I tried also shows how much I could save if I invest the savings. If you are trying to quit, I recommend that you also check the calculations in savings for you. When you do it and see the results in front of your eyes, it really gives you motivation.
This motivation, coupled with the drive that I wanted to be healthy and the support of my partner, really helped me become a healthy and smoke-free person.
I wish all the readers of our blog immense health. If you think you were helped by reading this post or think it can help anyone, you know. I will request you to please share it with your friends on Social Media so that it can help them too!