How to Quit Smoking? My Journey to A Smoke-free Life Part 2

Hello my #VanityFriends. It's Lenten season and I thought it's the perfect time to share you my life far from cigarette. Let's have a break from beauty reviews and our usual agendas. Today let me share you a story, yes, just like Eat Bulaga and Showtime, we also have a Lenten special for you and it's based on the true story of my Smoke-free life.

If you haven't read the part 1 of this story yet, you can check it out by clicking here. In the first part of this Telenovela haha, you saw that I suffered from depression and anxiety. I shared the first 18 days of my smoke-free life in the part 1 of this story and let me share you now the rest of what happened.
I was rushed in the hospital because of GERD and too much anxiety. :(
During the first 3 months, I was still craving for cigarettes specially when someone's smoking near me. You know that feeling of too much cravings to the point that your mouth is watering? Parang ginigiyang ba bes haha. I thought I succeeded this craving stage during the first 18 days but no I was wrong. During that 18 days, the nicotine withdrawal effect was not yet totally manifesting. The real struggle began after a month.

After few months of my no more cigarette life, my depression and anxiety were getting worst. There were times that I am so afraid to go out and socialize. There were also days that I was worrying too much about tomorrow thinking what's waiting for me.You know the feeling of being worthless? That's what I thought. Since cigarette is a mood enhancer, I also experienced a lot of mood swings and bad days. It came to the point that even Yoga and meditation were no longer working to calm myself down. I was crying each day thinking of sacrificing my health and go back to nicotine just to make me feel good again. 

My partner was almost quitting on me because my behavior surprised my partner too much. I was almost thinking of ending my life but I thank God for giving me my partner who never gave up on me, my friends and family who cheered me up. This month is the 8th month of my smoke-free life and I can say that I am better now! No more cravings at all, I am no longer in favor of its bad smelling smoke, no more mornings full of phlegm, no more bad breath, no more unfavorable sweats and most of all, I can confidently breath now and my stamina is getting back to normal.

You can see an improvement on my skin and overall appearance. Yeah I look healthier and happier now. 😊

So what's my secret in quitting cigarette or nicotine? There's only one thing that you must have to totally quit. Courage! Yes! It only takes courage to quit smoking. It may sound so simple but it is not. In fact, it is so hard but when you have the path and the courage to quit, you can make it. Just believe in yourself and think of all the negative things smoking can bring you. I remember a friend who told me that smoking wasn't bad because he knew a neighbor who's smoking since high school and now a senior citizen, still alive and continuously smoking. I made him realized that his one neighbor is nothing compared to millions of deaths recorded because of smoking.

It is never too late to quit! The sooner you plan the better. Take action and have courage! Don't let nicotine control your mind and eat your life. You are the master of yourself! Embrace and own it! The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now! 😊 ❤

"Everything in life has its own time. There is time to celebrate and there is time to mourn. This is the time for reflection and transformation. Let us look within and change into what we ought to be." 

-- Aaron Saul

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