I'm just so glad that I took the time to write down my triggers, research on the internet why I'm reacting or why other people are reacting to the same emotional rollercoaster this is. I've got quite a few things on the fire right now and they are giving me anxiety. I understand why they are there, but it's there nonetheless. For some unknown reason I gave the mighty white tube my strength and security in my life. If I was smoking I could face just about anything. All insecurities were off the table. Add a little alcohol in there, watch out. Now I just have me, myself and I. That's it. But really, is it that bad? Did I not have the strength and fortitude that was there all along with or without that cigarette in hand? Why in the back of my mind did I think that was my encouragement, my inner cheerleader to push me forward, to give me that helping hand? We all used smoking for various things in our lives. This is probably the most straightforward article I've found that really makes you think twice: http://www.tobaccofreemaine.org/quit_tobacco/staying_tobacco_free.php. That identifies quite a few triggers that you may not have even realized.
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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