In my book, I place great emphasis not merely on changing habits, but also on the fact that life will carry on in exactly the same way as it did before you stop smoking, with one vital difference – the cigarette just won’t be there anymore.
We often fear that we will have to completely re-invent our lives if we quit – I passionately believe that is not the case. I believe that it is this acute fear of a kind of mythical re-invention, that stops us from quitting in the first place. For example, I love a drink (my tipple is Scotch), but dared not quit for thirty years because I feared not being able to walk into a bar, crack open a beer, or enjoy my usual dram or two. Fact is, you can and will enjoy ALL the things you did before quitting. It’s just a shift of perception and habit to take the cigarette completely out of the mix. The drink is still there. The hangover too. But these days, seven years on, I still enjoy my dram, and a few cold ones too, in EXACTLY the same way as I did before I quit. The moral of my ramblings?
You don’t have to quit living, to quit smoking…………….