Well, it's that time again. It's close to daylight savings time. The days are getting shorter. There's a crisp feeling to the air outside. Another season is starting to roll out again. For us newbies and midbies (out of NML but not quite to a year), it's just another first. First time going through another season as a nonsmoker. We never know how to handle it but we sure anticipate the worst. The anticipation is your brain, your addictive brain, telling you that there's no way you'll be able to handle it on your own. Oh, gosh, no. You needed me last year around this time, you'll surely need me this time.
Anticipation is the thought of things that haven't even happened yet. A prediction of things to come. Sometimes they happen; sometimes they don't. Just take a minute and recognize that trigger. Figure out what you're using it for. If you're going to exercise something, exercise that brain. Okay. I used smoking during this event, time of season, family gathering for _______ fill in the blank. Whatever you filled in the blank with, think about it now, what are you going to REPLACE that with and then use it.
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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