The key to Simplicity and Minimalism in my mind, is getting rid of things that no longer serve you. Over our lifetimes we collect relationships, material possessions and habits. By our mid thirties and beyond, we can find that we are buckling under the weight of it all.
The key to happiness is having nothing in your life you don’t need or love. This creates space. Space for things you do need or love.
I’d argue with each passing decade or even every five years, you need to have a big purge of all those things that are no longer required or that are suffocating you.
Many people start a new year with goals of overhauling their finances, losing weight, and giving up smoking. We have dealt with the first of these, the second is a work in progress and something I will write about in the future, today I want to talk about giving up smoking.
There are a number of reasons why people want to give up smoking, ranging from saving money, to improving their health prospects, to simply feeling free of something that controls them. Your habits control you. You may be aware or unaware of this. Good habits like brushing your teeth control you in a good way, it ensures strong teeth and fewer dentist bills. Bad habits like smoking do the opposite, it makes you nervous about long haul journeys, and often leaves you standing outside in all weathers.
There are two ways to break any habit;
1. Cold Turkey– you wake up one day and decide to stop, and you stop. This was my approach 16 years ago when the only real alternative was nicotine patches, and they were for old people (or so I thought back then!)
2. One Step At A Time– goals work in the same way as habits. If I was trying to reach a goal I would break it down into achievable steps. A habit can be broken down in the same way, just in reverse. You can create a number of steps that you can follow which will lead you to your goal, which in this case is breaking the habit of smoking.
Vaping has allowed people the opportunity to move towards their goal of giving up smoking one step at a time.
While vaping usually still means the continued exposure to nicotine, in comparison to smoking, vaping represents a far safer and healthier alternative, and the start of a journey towards becoming nicotine free.
The first step is to transfer to vaping, a starter kit is the best way to do this.
Once you have successfully given up smoking, you can start to manage your nicotine intake by gradually reducing to lower nicotine strength cartridges.
Eventually you can even get nicotine free cartridges so all you are left with is a physical habit, which you can reduce as and when you’re ready.
My family members are following this process and are achieving excellent results despite having been smokers for over 40 years.
You can read more about how to give up smoking with vaping here.
Those living in Edinburgh may like to use local business JAC Vapour for their vaping supplies.