Benefits Being Non Smoker
The advantages of being a non-smoker again
Set an alert on your mobile phone about six months from now. Tick those benefits and advantages that apply to you. You'll feel good about your progress and this will help see you through the rest of the year and beyond!
- I breathe much easier
- My sore throat and smoker's cough are gone
- My periodic chest pains have disappeared
- I worry much less about getting lung cancer or other dreadful smoking-related diseases
- I'm happy I'm not polluting my body anymore
- Food and drink taste much better
- I had my teeth cleaned and they've never looked better
- My complexion has improved
- I feel more attractive
- I feel more energetic and alive
- I have more money now and I'm happy to stop wasting it
- My partner is glad I've quit smoking
- My kids are happy that I've stopped smoking
- The baby doesn't have to deal with my first- or secondhand smoke
- I've stopped having to make excuses – to others and to myself- about needing to smoke
- I've stopped worrying about being able to smoke as a guest at someone's house
- I'm glad I don't get dirty looks for polluting the air
- I don't feel like a social outcast any longer
- I feel more in control of myself
- I feel more mature
- I noticed that some people have more respect for me for successfully quitting
- I used to feel weak being addicted to tobacco. Now I feel strong!
- I feel proud about my accomplishment – it's a massive achievement for me!
- I feel more confident and satisfied with myself for quitting
- I've made other significant, positive changes in my life since I stopped smoking
- My future feels much brighter now
- I feel so much freer!
- I've stopped worrying if I have enough cigarettes
- I've stopped having to carry a pack of cigarettes with me wherever I go
- I've freed myself of my addiction!
The Real Quit Smoking Model
The Real Quit Smoking model is simple. We all start with a blank slate. Smokers, however, unwittingly create 'agents' that start and then keep them smoking. Quit Smoking goal is to arm smokers with effective tools to undermine each agent's hold over them.
The 'Cognitive Agent'
The Cognitive Agent is a product of the thoughts and ideas smokers have about smoking. This agent is powered by ideas – the ideas we acquired concerning smoking. Some ideas were planted into our heads by the media, our friends and siblings. Others we created on our own watching others smoke. Examples include the impression that smoking is fun, looks cool and turns boys into men.
We represent the Cognitive Agent with a silver spring. It started small at first – mostly as an intellectual curiosity. Then, as we smoked our way through life, as we picked up opinions about cigarette brands, about smoking in general and about ourselves as smokers, our Cognitive Agent grew in resilience and strength. Those smoking-related notions that we accepted as true eventually influenced the way we behave. If you believe smoking relieves stress, imagine your Cognitive Agent stretch each time you feel stressed. This creates an additional tension – tension for you to smoke.
Lighting a cigarette or removing the source of stress relieves the tension. Note that your Cognitive Agent is an artificial, self-inflicted stressor. If, for some reason, you are not able to smoke when under stress, you have the original source of stress plus the added stress of 'needing a smoke' (but not being able to).
A stubborn and deep-seated agent
Beliefs and ideas, especially those held for a long time, tend to be stubbornly fixed. Smokers, in particular, tend to be fixed in their beliefs about smoking.
What was your response to the following?
- I am a light smoker
- I am a medium smoker
- I am a heavy smoker
If you chose, for example, 'I am a heavy smoker', you will tend to continue thinking and behaving in ways you think heavy smokers do. To stop wanting to smoke, you'll need to change how you think about smoking and about yourself as a smoker (hence, the 'thinking person's guide to stop smoking' may be the most appropriate approach to quit smoking).
Can you imagine thinking you have stopped smoking but still believe, deep down, that you're a heavy smoker? These thoughts not only do not go along, they clash! Only one or the other will prevail (and it's usually the one that we think will make us feel better).
Likewise, believing that smoking relieves stress makes staying off cigarettes difficult because you'll be tempted to smoke every time you feel under pressure. Conversely, quitting is less demanding when you don't have these misinformed, smoking perpetuating thoughts and instead think:
"Smoking doesn't relieve stress – it actually creates more of it. Also, I am a non-smoker now and I have nothing to do with cigarettes."
We'll talk about another 2 agents in our next post. At mean time, you can find out how I easily quit smoking simply by smoking electronic cigarette. You can get yours online today!