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Acclimate to your quit

Blog Post created by c2q Champion on Jun 12, 2017

How's the weather over there in your quit? Here in mine, there's lingering rain, with more isolated thunderstorms on the way. This kind of weather can make for a beautiful sky, like the sunset yesterday.

                                                      Maybe a successful quit is a matter of learning how to acclimate to our new smokefree selves.

 

Sunny days and rainy days don't impact my quit any more, but I used to let them be triggers. Bright hot sun? Give me a cigarette. Rainy and drippy? Hand me a smoke please. And my urge to smoke when it was cold seemed to be in direct proportion to how likely it was that my fingers would freeze to the cigarette paper. If there was weather, it was reason to smoke.

 

If you want to smoke, anything can be a trigger. If you don't want to smoke, nothing is.

 

Your body is designed to continually fine tune its operating system for optimum performance. Think about that.

 

If you go where it's hot, you'll sweat more. Hang out in cold climates, you'll get more hungry more often. Those are automatic reflexes. True acclimation takes time. For example, at higher elevations, it can take days or even weeks for your body to develop the extra red blood cells that will help you breathe the thinner air. In hotter climates, it will also take days or weeks for your inner thermostat to reset. But it will. You will begin to sweat at a lower temperature, you'll sweat more profusely, and you'll give up less salt in the process. That's acclimation.

 

So say "thanks" to your body for all that it does for you. The longer you stay quit, the more your body will find ways to say "thank you" back.

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