This is my story of how I managed to quit smoking. I believe that if you really want to quit you can make it happen.
For me the smoking was not only a physical addiction it was as much the social habits with friends.
I had my first cigarette when I was 15 years old. Back then I never thought of the damaging consequences that smoking could cause my health.
I started smoking just one cigarette every day, but soon one became many. Soon I could smoke at least 15 cigarettes in a day.
The smoking became a habit in my life, drinks and cigarettes with friends, coffee and cigarettes with friends or a nice meal followed with a cigarette. This habit continued all throughout my twenties and most of my thirties.
I moved to Australia when I was 31 years old, and my boyfriend at that time was a smoker like me, so I kept smoking.
At the age of 32 years I had a boyfriend that was a non smoker, and my smoking seemed to be a problem for him. I already hated being a smoker, the smell, the coughing in the morning, but now I also had to be reminded all the time how bad it was. But no, quitting wasn’t an option for me, I would rather sneak outside and still have that cigarette. Since I had just moved to Australia from Denmark, I missed my Danish circle of smoking friends. Now the smoking went from being partying drinking and smoking with friends to having to sneak outside and feeling bad about it.
Still smoking, and one day at work this guy I worked with tells me how pretty I am, but that I was starting to get bags under my eyes from the smoking. I looked at myself in the mirror and I could see the puffiness under my eyes. This comment really got me thinking of quitting, and I started cutting down on the amount of cigarettes I smoked. Every time I had a cigarette I asked myself if I really needed it. I cut it down to just having a cigarette after a meal. It was tough because when I was creative doing my jewellery, I really craved for a cigarette.
Bit by bit I started changing my smoking habit to having a cup of tea every time I craved for a cigarette. It was a hard changeover, but soon I started enjoying my cup of tea. Let me just note that this didn’t happen from one day to the other, it took me months to get there!
I got to the point where I was now only smoking every weekend when having drinks. For many years I was a party smoker.
In my late thirties I got more and more into healthy eating, and that was when I quit smoking for good.
I remember having my last cigarette in Byron Bay when I was meeting up with my Danish friend, I was 40 years old.
I am now 47 years old, and I never feel like smoking anymore. And by the way, no more bags under my eyes anymore!