It can happen at the most unexpected times

Blog Post created by crazymama_Lori on Sep 10, 2016

You may ask why it's important to identify your triggers, there's a reason for that. I'll give you an example. I used to have a tendency to do most of my smoking when I'm stressed as I think most smokers do. We never really explored other ways to deal with our stress like nonsmokers do. It was just easier to pick up a cigarette and puff away. We never really did figure out the resolution to the stress, but we thought that was the solution.


Funny after 7 ½ months I had to doublecheck myself yesterday. Only took a minute or so, a fleeting thought but I had to do it. Someone stopped over yesterday to check on my husband. He has a host of problems, but he ended up in the hospital with pneumonia which is exacerbating his afib. He's in ICU. I'm stressed. I'm tired. When I left to go the hospital to take him something he needs, I see a half of a cigarette just laying on my steps. This was left unintentionally by this friend because he knows that I no longer allow smoking in my house. I left it there. But when I came back home I picked it up, placed it in the windowsill on the porch and shut the door. Now, mind you, the garbage can is only inches away, but I placed it in the windowsill. After all this time, I still saw that cigarette as a solution. I threw it out.


Just remember, those triggers are everywhere and will pop up from time to time. It's called life and life doesn't stop when you stop smoking. Life is full of stress, frustration. It's important to learn how to act differently to the reactions that we did for so many years. It's also important to look on the positive side instead of the negative. Check out Positive Affirmations for Success: You can take what you want and leave the rest. And you can always find and contribute your own. 


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