Off the Wagon, Again

Allistair Santiago

smoking.jpgRecently, this has become an altogether too common and perhaps tired observation, but – things are stressful! Many people I meet are saying the same thing. And I, for one, can’t remember the last time I had a proper night’s sleep, or a day where I didn’t spend at least some time working at school on a project or assignment, or just trying to master a new technique. It’s been overwhelming and I’ve unfortunately turned to old habits to help bear me up.

I’ve managed to start smoking again.

I know, I know. I hear the litany in my head every time I step out for some “fresh air.” This is dumb and I hate it, but I can’t seem to stop. I keep trying, and I never make it for more than 48 hours. Heck, I’m lucky if I make it that far. I get cranky and snappy and cease social functioning within a day of quitting, so I usually make some excuse to myself and either buy or bum my way back to my habit.

Really, though, the long and the short of it is I need to quit. Now. Yesterday, in fact. Last time I quit was after being sick with a cold. The congestion was frightening and I basically scared myself out of smoking. However, this time, lacking any sort of similar motivation, I’m able to lie to myself at all the right times. And I continue to give in.

It has been a month since I last attended a yoga session, and I suspect resuming regular practice would help immensely in this respect. I must resolve to attend regular sessions again and see if I can’t kick this god-awful habit. Again.

In the meantime, if anyone has any ideas, tips, solutions, or magic spells, do let me know. I’d appreciate it.
[tags]smoking, habit, busy life, yoga session, cigarettes, quit smoking[/tags]

One Response to “Off the Wagon, Again”

  1. Segovia says:

    I say the only way is to go cold turkey. That’s how I did it so many years ago. Although I was never really a true smoker as I found it be quite disgusting and when I was through, I couldn’t figure out what the point was.

    Not that I’d encourage it, but I saw a guy today at a surf / skate shop smoking an electric battery powered cigarette. I guess the idea is that it produces a kind of mist like vapor so you get all the actions and similar behaviors of the real thing, without all the carcinogens. Perhaps it works for some, but I think going back to yoga will do you far better. Start focusing on your breathing…

    Hmmmm, you know the funny thing is, I can’t think of a single yoga teacher or student that I know who smokes… interesting!

    May the force be with you.

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