Hating Stoptober Already? Hang In There, It Gets Better!

You’re just over two weeks into Stoptober, the smokers cough is starting to recede and breathing in the morning is no longer a straight forward fight between life and death.

However, the cravings are still there, after food, first thing in the morning, with a beer, just feckin’ well all over the shop to be perfectly honest.

I know, trust me, I went through the same thing, but I’m here to tell you to hang in there, this shit gets better I promise!

The initial fuckery is over

Yep, those hideous nightmares, waking up in the middle of the night sweating like a glass blowers arse and the lack of ability to manage two straight hours continuous sleep are over, gone, never to return!

Never again will you feel like an Elm Street kid being terrorised by your own dreams.

By now you should be seeing your inner pig’s appetite starting to subside significantly, with all thoughts of breaking into McDonalds in the early hours of the morning disappearing into the ether.

Day dreams of a murderous nature have started to wain and your faith in humanity is well on the way to being restored.

Although the cravings are still there, they will calm and you’ll slowly start to forget those addictive little cancer sticks further and further into the day, until they’ve been completely dispelled from your mind.

What you’re doing is all round amazing

Stoptober is an amazing cause, raising millions for various charities throughout the UK, however, the benefits to your health should be considered no less important if you haven’t got sponsored to take part.

You’ve increased, and continue to increase your life expectancy, you no longer sound like you’re coughing up a lung, your skin will be looking fresher than ever, and, sorry to break this to you, but you no longer smell like an over-spilling, soaking wet ashtray.

The NHS is under enough strain without us all voluntarily trying to slowly kill ourselves with cigarettes – give yourself a pat on the back for not adding to its woes.

You can start to build significant savings

Being a smoker was costing me around £300 per month.

If someone had given me £3,600 at the start of the year in ten pound notes and told me to light them I’d have thought they were being absolutely ludicrous, yet smoking twenty cigarettes a day over the year didn’t – believe me, there is no difference whatsoever.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking ‘yay, extra money to blow’, store it away, you’ve never missed it before and this should be seen as a good opportunity to get a significant amount of money saved away.

Whether you’re saving for a mortgage deposit, wedding, holiday or whatever, use it wisely and give extra vindication to your decision to walk away from cigs.

You’ve got two weeks left of Stoptober, and once those two weeks have passed you’re officially five times more likely to quit cigarettes for good.

If you have a blip, it’s exactly that, don’t use it as an excuse to throw in the towel and just resort back to habit.

I’ve got faith in you, hang in there people!

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Stoptober is a Public Health England campaign that challenges smokers to give up cigarettes for 28 days during the month of October. The premise is that after abstaining for this period of time, individuals are five times more likely to quit smoking permanently.

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