I know I'm projecting but my routine of smoking on my commute concerns me.
If you can, take different routes to and from work so the scenery is different. Take a cold bottle of water and gum or mints. Play some tunes and sing out loud. Count the red/blue cars you see or the number of lights you hit or miss. Listen to a book on tape. Make up a story about folks in the other cars.
Keep your mind occupied and remember - you don't smoke anymore!
You CAN do this....remember it does get easier.
you can get one of those squeeze balls and drive with one hand.
I worked all over LA. I knew all streets and side roads or cut through bad areas and got back on after I had passed them. it was faster for me in the long run but I was a smoker then and driving was when I smoked the most other than at work.
your hours are probably later being an inspector..
Going to try water instead of coffee and your straw trick I think. I start earlier than most contractors but in the office. Currently have 5 projects going full steam.
I used to get materials and be on my jobsites by 7am.
"Currently have 5 projects going full steam." Is that an excuse to fail? NOPE!
Nope just a comment on starting early. Those are going to be there despite me and a cigar
OK, so you're aware of the trigger. That's the first step. Then you have to figure out how your going to change your mindset AND the commute routine. I used the straw too. And there's always tea or hot chocolate instead of coffee. Singing to the radio. Deep breaths really do help. So do silent chants. Like...
Create your own. You have to think out of the box on this journey. Be creative. Have some fun in the process. The journey is what WE make it. So make it good for yourself. And when you catch yourself romancing that cigar, RE-FOCUS FAST!
Definitely take a different route. I also had Twizzlers everywhere I went.
You can do this...it's only one step at a time...one drive, one job, one moment. You can do this.
I used Blow-Pops. I also took along CD's instead of listening to the radio - that way I could be constantly singing since there were no advertisements or talking.
(When I smoked and sang it really burned my throat, now I can sing pain-free!!)
Hang in there
Two words: cinnamon sticks. They have helped me a lot.
cinnamon sticks are my go to as well. You can nash your teeth a lot and they can take the abuse.
Me too! I have started saving my breakfast for the car. I also stocked it with gum. But my best trick has been to take a deep breath, as deep as you can, with pursed lips as if you had a cigarette and exhale slowly. It's become a trick that has given me instant pacification. Something about breathing deep is satisfying me a lot. I hope it helps you too!
The absolute best "save my a$$ tip" for commuting is to drink out of a straw. EVERYTHING. Coffee, water, tea, whiskey, whatever! I have 10 plastic cups with those built in straws. But before that, I confiscated a handful from a fast food restaurant and in the morning whatever I took with me out the door had a straw in it. It was mostly coffee or ice water. I smoked at least 1 PPD for 45+ years. It worked for me.
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