Most smokers recognise which they use cigarettes to regulate stress. Unfortunately nicotine is not actually very useful because of this but smoking does distract your thinking for a few moments.
After you quit it is very important have a plan in position to deal with any big upsets that can your way.
A recent client who was simply very nervous about quitting did adequately for 5 days, no wish to have a cigarette and reported she felt really looking forward to how her new life being a non-smoker would pan out, especially as she would possess a lot more make the most her purse per week.
But she had a major upset having a family member and went outside to her car, where against my advice she still had some cigarettes. She smoked and quickly regretted it. An important point is actually she had discarded her smokes, it could have been an enormous effort to obtain more and she might have given herself a buffer zone to de-stress.
When she entered for her followup session 8 days after quitting she said that they had only had one smoke tomorrow, so when I had her hold her cigarettes to her nose and inhale she had little interest.
If she hadn’t keep coming back in she would’ve crept to smoking over 25 on a daily basis within a while.
What this intended to me was she had been successful in quitting but didn’t put my advice into have fun playing the event of strong stress.
In that session we barely mentioned smoking, instead we done reducing the stress she felt with her loved one and produced future strategy if this problem surfaced again, which has been about 100% certain. She left feeling calm and confident and was successful like a non-smoker.
For everyone who quits smoking, we have a thing called life and that is going to bite you eventually. To not use a plan to control such situations will truly lead to disaster.
I recommend you treat it just like a fire drill. Actually create and note down what you will work if a huge stress lands with your lap. It’s an if, then strategy.
Simply put if problem X happens then I is going to do Y. Without this kind of strategy you’ll slip into reactive stress mode and it is possible that it will have a cigarette readily available.