When deciding to quit smoking it is important to understanding what kick starts your desire to smoke.  You need to know this to know how to avoid. A number of individuals use different products to help them quit smoking. Primarily nicotine patches and e-cigarettes have become an alternative to counter the cravings.

The cravings that plague anyone that wants to quit smoking are a result of how highly addictive cigarettes are. This is a result of nicotine, which is a highly addictive drug. This along with other chemicals that are mixed make cigarettes highly addictive.  Did you ever notice that there are never the list of substances listed on a packet of cigarettes as there are on other products. This chemical concoction does not only create a powerful physical dependency but also triggers a mental and emotional dependency.

Emotional dependence

What is the mental and emotional dependency?  The manifestation of this dependency can be seen in the different rituals, routines and habits smokers have. These daily routines are associated with smoking, which trigger a smoking reinforcement cycle. In fact some of these routines are considered as positive for smokers as they are seen as a stress relief valve.

Handling with emotional dependence is the part that a number of people forget to factor in when quitting.  Both emotional dependence and mental dependence needs to be put in your quit plan. Whilst the physical dependence can be balanced off with products the emotional dependence requires a different approach. So how do you counter this?

The best way to cure them is to actually remove them from your system.  Start changing your habits one by one.  Avoid the situations.  Many smokers have a cigarette after eating.  Start by delaying or at times not smoking.  Stop mixing cigarettes with other things like coffee, tea or alcohol. If you drive and smoke, then start by decreasing that.  The idea is to identify the places and situations where you normally smoke and avoid these situations.  This will help stop the association between these activities and smoking.

It helps to also start decreasing the number of cigarettes you smoke every day.  You know how many cigarettes you smoke every day so start working to decrease these.  Plan on how you will slowly decreasing them.  Decrease the number down, to a single hand number.

Rally the team

Tell everyone that you are quitting. Get the help of others. Ask smokers to refrain from offering and asking you to join them to smoke. Ideally if your partner at home smokes as well, you should quit together.  When you finally quit remember to make the event social.  Use social media to help you.  Take this opportunity to share your experiences, and also inspire others to follow.

Get ready

Part of the process is knowing that cravings will creep up even if you have tried to climate them all.  There are cravings that you can eliminate with a gum, or some food.  Sometimes some deep breath helps as well.  Keep the exercise going as well be it walking, jogging or other sports. Yoga can help as well. Remember most cravings are temporary.  It is a question of sticking them out, or best distracting yourself through them.

The more times you resist the triggers the less they happen. Train your brain to realize that these triggers will not make you cave, and give you an excuse or reason to take a smoke. Some have found that an e-cigarette helps them during these moments of cravings.

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