By: Kelly Bodoh, Smoking Cessation Coordinator
I’ve been running the stairs of my apartment building in preparation for “Hustle Up the Hancock,” an event comprised of running up 94 stories. I feel ready, and the sensation of being this alive in my body is beyond my wildest dreams.
After all, it wasn’t so long ago that my pulmonologist informed me that I was in the early stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after I explained my shortness of breath when carrying in the groceries. Yet, even witnessing the negative health effects of my two-pack-per-day habit wasn’t enough to inspire me to action. It was only after hearing about the Mindfulness Training for Smokers intervention when it was in its earliest stages of research that I began to think that freedom from smoking just might be possible.
Like you, I was well aware of the health risks caused by smoking. As a matter of fact, I was aware of those risks at the time of my first nicotine-laden inhalation. Yet, that information didn’t help me to manage my stress, comfort my broken heart or blow off steam. What I needed in order to move beyond my dependence on nicotine and change my smoking behavior was someone to show me how to step back and calmly navigate my triggers and urges. I needed someone to teach me more effective ways of coping with challenging situations and stress. I needed support and assurance that I, indeed, deserve optimal health and well-being.
That is what I found through the Mindfulness Training for Smokers program. Quitting is no longer considered a “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” endeavor. Smoking is a powerful addiction, worthy of the most effective treatments available, long-term support and continued care.
Even if you still feel the niggles of ambivalence that so often arise on the cusp of change, I encourage you to call me at 608-471-QUIT (7848) and find out more about how Mindfulness Training for Smokers can help you to acquire the skills and confidence to quit and stay quit for good. Whether your dream is to take up running, provide a healthier home for you and your family or just breathe a little easier, we’ll be here for you every step along the way.