Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Noticing Routines To Quit Smoking

cigarettes smoking routine Noticing and acknowledging the routines you create around smoking can help you quit smoking.  Don't believe me?  Think about the routines that you have in your life that involve smoking.  When you drink, do you light up or crave a smoke?  What about when you are bored, do you smoke more? When you consciously notice the routines that you will invariably find yourself in, you take the first step towards helping yourself quit smoking.

The routines and habits that form from years of smoking become routine because we allow them to.  Every smoker will one day light one cigarette right after the other.  Not because you wanted to have that second smoke, but because routine has masked the fact that you have an addiction and you are now chain smoking.

It's a subtle thing.  For example, there have been many, many times that I will have a cigarette with someone and then hop in my car, only to light up once again because I am now driving.  I like to smoke while I drive, it keeps me calm, cool and collected while battling with traffic in the greater LA area.  What has happened is that even though I have just smoked a cigarette before driving, I am now lighting up another!  Two cigarettes in 10 minutes.

It's plainly obvious that the addiction to smoking has negated any reasoning behind the need to continue smoking.  You can say that smoking calms you, but if your routines around smoking are bringing a cigarette to your lips before you actually, really want one, you need to look at your routines.  Besides, one should be the calmest person on the planet if find yourself chain smoking needlessly.  You're not though, are you.

Becoming more aware of the routines you have in your life will help you gain an advantage over your smoking habit.  In fact, by reading this post you will now be more aware of your smoking routines.  You will recognize this each and every time you light up a cigarette if you try. 

How can I say this?  I know, because if you didn't have an interest in quitting smoking, you probably wouldn't be reading this right now.

Take your life by the reigns and take some time to relax, have a smoke and think about the routines you have made that involve you lighting up a cigarette.  If you really want to quit, this will only help you achieve that goal.  When you notice the routines you have built around smoking, you will become one step closer to quitting smoking.


NucMEd is Hot said...

I'm still rooting you on.

Gary ("Old Dude") said...

when quitting smoking the last thing one needs to do is obsess on all the times you have rewarded yourself with a smoke. All this will accomplish is to underline how good those cigarettes were and why are you beating yourself up for it now? Your setting yourself up to fail.

Wayne John said...

Thanks Karen!

Gary, I'm going to agree and disagree with you. I agree, you are correct when one has stopped smoking, you should recognize your triggers, but not obsess over them, just be aware of them. But for those that have yet to quit, myself included, I take note of the moments that I light up, but really don't need to. I may put the pack down to come back to it later, or I may say 'ah hell, screw it' and enjoy(?) a smoke.

The point here is that before I quit, I want to build myself up by recognizing the number of times I light up needlessly, which in my case is quite frequently.