Advantages More money, better health, increased fertility, lower blood pressure, I smell nice now!
Disadvantages It can be hard to give up.
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I have now been a non-smoker for one month and so far so good as they say! I have not used Nicotine replacement or anything else and my main motivation for giving up smoking is to be healthier in general and for increased fertility.In order to give up I began to record the amount of cigarettes I was smoking and then every 3 or 4 days I cut this amount down by 1 so that over 5 or 6 weeks I went from smoking 10 a day to 0 a day and the first day I didn't have a cigarette wasn't too hard at all as I was already prepared for what was going to happen.
I had been sure to read up on things online beforehand and I knew what I was going to be letting myself in for and what the cravings would be like etc.I have snacked a little since I gave up smoking but in this first month (reportedly the hardest) I have not put on any extra weight so I am very happy overall with the progress that I have made and getting fatter was one of my main concerns!
I have now noticed the amount of money that I am saving and this means that I've got a little bit extra for my shopping budget and things like that which is really important to me at a time when I don't have a job or much money in general.I do find that my fitness has improved a little already and I'm not getting out of breath anywhere near as much as I was before, also, my blood pressure has improved a fair bit already so overall my whole health is improving just from making what I now deem to be a fairly small change.
I cannot actually say that I've struggled at all and already I've realised just how horrible cigarettes smell and when down the pub with a friend recently I was shocked at just how bad she smelt and how bad she looked when smoking a cigarette.My top tip for anybody who wants to give up smoking really is just to prepare yourself and I found that having a goal (health being the main thing I wanted to improve) that it gave me encouragement every time I made it through an hour, then a day, then a week etc and now I really feel that I'll never go back to smoking! The main test was having an alcoholic drink recently (just the one as I don't drink at all these days) and I didn't want a cigarette at all so perhaps you could say that I'm cured now!
I am rating giving up smoking 5/5 as I think that's it a fantastic thing for anybody to do as it helps to improve your health, wealth & life expectancy and that's just fantastic and, to be honest, when you give up you'll realise just how bad you stank before!Summary: I have struggled occasionally but I've made it through thus far!
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