I was just like you when I first quit or even when I was thinking about quitting. I think the difference between a success quit and a “try” or what I like to call a test drive is knowledge. Take the time before you quit to look up nicotine addiction, cigarettes and stress, dopamine receptors. The biggest hit on the internet you'll find is when you search for “why is it so hard to quit.” Years back it was always “kick the habit.” I'm going to tell you that the more you read about it and do your research, you'll find that there's so much more to it.
I saw a good friend of mine this morning while doing my grocery shopping. We haven't seen each other in almost a year. She asked what was new, what was going on. We filled each other in on the latest news. I know in the first 60 days I let everyone know that I quit smoking. I wanted the world to know that I did this. Now, it's just part of my everyday life that sometimes I forget to even mention that I quit. She noticed that there was something different about me. I just blurted out that I gained a lot of weight. No, that's not it. You just seem more happier now, more content. Hmmm, well, the only thing really new is I quit drinking and I quit smoking. Her eyes lit up. Tell me more, tell me more. Well, out came those little cards from this website and I began to tell my story. I'm hopeful she'll come on this site. I'm hopeful she'll quit. My door is always open.
She was just as surprised to hear that I haven't drank in almost a year. I simply told her that was my biggest trigger. The more I drank, the more I smoked. That was THE biggest trigger I had; so I just had to give it up if I was serious about quitting smoking. I told her 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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