You wake up, smoke a cigarette. Get out of the shower, smoke again. Drive to work, have another one. Almost to work? You still have time to have one more before you walk in the door. Sound familiar? Can you relate?
These are bad habits, and they must be stopped. In order to reverse these behaviors, which is paramount to quitting, you first need to acknowledge them, know they are coming, and plan ahead. If you don't, they may catch you off guard and you may relapse, and that will send you back to square one.
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When you wake up, you're going to think about it, so what should you do? Instead, drink a glass of juice or go directly to the bathroom and take a shower. Don't sit around and ponder, you'll go nuts. Have a plan of attack and stick to it. Make some toast, or brew some coffee. Stay in bed longer, or turn on the TV.
After a Shower - For some reason, I loved to smoke after a refreshing, warm shower. Perhaps just the feeling of cleanliness sparked the nicotine craving. If this pertains to you, focus on the smells of clean clothes, or your clean body. Forget about those nasty cigarettes. It will stink everything up! Enjoy pampering yourself while getting ready. Remember, this is the new you. Embrace it!
Once you've quit and eaten a few meals without lighting-up, you'll reverse the behavior and you won't dwell on cigarettes after you eat. You might even save room for dessert now, instead of quickly going outside to get your fix. This is a trigger that you'll notice how quickly it fades away once you overcome it. That is a tell-tale sign that habits are reversable.
Driving - Smoking and driving seem to go hand-in-hand. If that's you, then you probably do this a lot while you drive. I did. I had cigarette burns all around the driver's seat. Instead, snack on something light, hold a cup of coffee, sing to your favorite music, or simply focus on where you're headed. Your car will smell nicer, too, so that's always welcome.
Watching TV - Sitting around on the couch is the perfect opportunity to light-up, and I'm sure you've done it a 1000 times. I always loved to smoke during a climactic part of something I was watching, or when a "good part" was coming. Sound familiar?
Instead, nibble on something light, or make a nice meal for yourself. Drink some juice, make some coffee, or simply just watch TV and abstain. You'll most likely be thinking about it, and that's natural, but get through the moment and you'll begin to reverse the bad behavior. Enjoy your surroundings and the fresh smells around you.
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