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getbacktowrittingonceadytober

Another month starts and another catchy campaign starts, I dont have a catchy name for my own campaign and to be fair its somewhat of a one man affair, but let’s go with “getbacktowrittingonceadytober”.

Not as catchy or clever as October’s “Stoptober” that started today, targeted at getting us filthy smokers to give up the habit for 28 days, which in most cases would be long enough to make it pretty likely that we have a jolly good go at staying smoke free.

It’s safe to say I’ve failed “Stoptober” already,  however I didn’t have any intention of taking part so it’s of no great surprise or disappointment on my behalf.  I’ve found personally that giving up smoking can only be achieved when YOU actually want to, no amount of medical information, financial implications or outside pressure is going to give you the will power to achieve that goal, as with most things it needs to come from your own personal drive.

I have on many occasions given up smoking, and I don’t just mean for a day, week, month, but for pretty significant lengths of time. On at least one occasion it spanned a couple of years, and I didn’t find it tough. I was and still am able to give up pretty much straight away, no patches, no slowly cutting down and no NHS help pack, just straight forward cold turkey.

I don’t know why I find this so easy; I know this isn’t the case for most people  and in no way would I belittle the achievement of someone who has managed to give up and stay given up, especially as that last part is where I fall down.

On the occasions that I have given up, long term or otherwise I never really think of myself as a non smoker, instead I’m a “recovering smoker.” I know that I’m only ever one smoke away from falling off the wagon.

It generally starts at some point quite a while into the giving up cycle; I’m talking months here not days. You’re on a night out, had a bad day at work,  or maybe just got the old familiar urge. What’s the worst that can happen you tell yourself, it’s been 6 months since I last had a smoke, I probably won’t even like it anymore, that’s still what your telling yourself when you buy the 1st packet, the 2nd and then the 3rd.

So all I’ll say to all of you trying to quit this October is good luck and keep at it, but just remember despite what you might think for the next 28 days, the giving up isn’t the hard part!

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