And along the way I quit smoking…

I didn’t quit smoking because I began a healthier life. I switched to a healthier lifestyle and so I automatically quit smoking.

I first started smoking at 21 during my Erasmus year (study abroad period during University) in Spain, which was the time in my life in which I smoked the most. It was my period as a student in a foreign country where smoking was still permitted in all the bars.

And so I continued smoking for 18 years, even when smoking began to be prohibited in many countries.

However, within the last years, I decreased the amount of cigarettes I smoked and the last months before I quit smoking I had reduced my smoking down to just one cigarette before going to bed.

I remember that when I first started smoking less, people kept asking me why I wasn’t quitting completely and my response was always this one: because I didn’t feel like it.

I didn’t feel like it because it was a habit that I had created, and also, I didn’t want to oblige myself to quit because I simply do not like the idea of having obligations.

I have already explained the dynamics behind habits in my post How to create (and maintain) new habits where I also gave you some techniques to change them.

In this post, I would like to talk directly to those people who are thinking about quit smoking (or smoking less) and also hate forcing themselves to do things.

There are many books and different techniques that claim to assist in helping you quit smoking, but from personal experience, I believe that what helps the most is to feel at ease with yourself, not having any stress, and developing other healthy habits in tandem, such as exercising and having a balanced diet.

As I often repeat throughout this blog, everything is related: body, mind, and emotions.

I used to smoke the cigarette at night to end the day, to leave everything behind and avoid thinking of anything.

However, since I began doing what I love and started avoiding things (and people) which cause me stress, the only thing I now do to end the day is to be thankful for all the good things that happened in the last 15 hours.

Today, for example, among many other things, I will be thankful for having written this blog post, which I hope will be of much help to women around the world.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this content, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or send an e-mail to, I’d be thrilled to hear your opinions and help with any question you may have.

Thank you for investing your time in reading my words.
A big hug!

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3 responses to “And along the way I quit smoking…”

  1. says:

    Hey Claudia, love your post and congratulations on quitting! I quit smoking cigarettes just over a month ago. I tried for months before with patches, but since they had nicotine, it wasn’t a winning situation. Cold turkey worked for me. Personally, I enjoyed smoking and it’s still a struggle. But a healthier body is my goal, and I want that more than I want a cigarette.
    I especially love how you mentioned avoiding certain people. That’s exactly what I had to do.

  2. Claudia Canu says:

    Hi there! Thank you so much for your kind words and CONGRATS on quitting smoking! I’m sure you’ll get soon to that healthier body you are longing to have!

    Much love,

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