As a chronic daily smoker for the past 15 years, I have had my fair share of failed attempts at quitting. However, this time feels different. In addition to giving up smoking, I have also decided to abstain from alcohol and have begun incorporating healthier habits and routines into my daily life. One tool that has been particularly helpful for me is an app called “Habits,” which allows me to track my progress in forming new habits.
My first habit was to stop using disposable products, and I later added “no alcohol” and “no cigarettes.” This week, I have added “reading a book” and “exercising” to my list of habits. Once I have established a consistent routine with these habits, I plan to add a sleep routine and “writing something” to the list.
My Main Vices
The initial two weeks have been a challenge, as I have had to completely eliminate my three main vices, which have led to social isolation, difficulty getting out of bed, mood swings, and poor sleep. Despite this, I am starting to experience the benefits of my new lifestyle, both financially, emotionally, and physically. I am less depressed and anxious, and I have a wider range of emotions. The biggest challenge I have faced so far is the loss of friendships and social isolation, as cutting out this huge part of my life has caused. But I plan to change this by finding new hobbies and interests.
For those who are still sober this decade, I encourage you to keep going. It’s a streak that you won’t be able to start for over 9 years, and when people ask, it’s pretty awesome to be able to say that you stopped that last decade. Quitting smoking and alcohol also has a positive impact on one’s health and psychology. A healthy diet also plays an important role in this journey.