When will I stop thinking about smoking?
Often times you text or email me saying, “I quit smoking, I’m a happy non-smoker, I don’t want to go back but I still think about cigarettes. Is that normal? Does that mean I don’t smoke too much? “
Maybe the same thing happened to you.
You have quit wondering when you are going to stop thinking about cigarettes or you are worried that you are not smoking too much because you are still thinking about it.
You may even find yourself thinking about smoking even more now that you stop
So is that normal?
What does that mean?
And when will these thoughts end?
Is it normal to think about smoking after quitting?
Yes, it is very normal to think about cigarettes more immediately after quitting.
As with any event, the memory of the event is intense immediately after it occurs. But over time the memory fades.
For example, if you split up, divorce, or end a friendship, you are more likely to think about that event right after the event because the brain is biased.
Smoking is like breaking a bad relationship.
Right after you quit your cigarettes, you’ll start thinking about it more because your brain is biased towards smoking. Your radar is wired to capture and focus on smoke-related thoughts, memories, and triggers.
It could be thoughts about cigarettes, smoking, or even thoughts about not smoking and how great it is that you are smoke free. In general, you are more likely to have smoke-related thoughts.
It’s neither good nor bad. It is only your mind that is focused there.
When you stop thinking about smoking
There are two factors to consider here.
1. What do you think about smoking?
Does thinking about smoking mean wanting to?
There is a difference between thinking about smoking and wanting to or miss it.
It is As you think about it.
For example, all the time I think, talk and write about smoking without ever wanting to.
It all has to do with the associations you have with smoking.
Remember, a thought is just a thought. It can’t hurt you, break you, or make you do anything. As long as you change the meaning you give these cigarette thoughts, they won’t bother you.
If you think of smoking as something that is good for you, you will crave it.
If you see smoking as something you used to do but no longer do, you won’t crave it.
Say you quit smoking and drink your coffee as a non-smoker. At that moment, you are very likely to have a wistful thought like “Oh, I used to smoke with my coffee”. This is just a memory, nothing more.
However, if you associate this memory with feeling deprived and not enjoying your coffee, then at that moment you will crave smoking.
If instead you tell yourself that it is normal to have this thought, it will be very easy for you to let it pass and you will not feel deprived.
So, if you come across a trigger or a situation where you used to smoke, reassure yourself that it is okay to think about smoking. It doesn’t mean you want to smoke, it does mean that you are healing. This is part of the customization process.
We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control what we focus on, we can control the importance we attach to our thoughts. And the importance we attach to our thoughts affects our experience.
In order to It doesn’t matter how long you think about smoking because if you change your mind, you won’t crave it.
Over time, all those wistful thoughts become less and less common, until you rarely think about smoking.
You will not wake up one day and suddenly stop thinking about smoking. This will be done gradually.
But one day you will think to yourself, “Have I thought about smoking today?”
And you will find out that you didn’t! And you will be so excited about it.
How can you stop thinking about smoking faster? How can this process be accelerated?
The more you mindfully let the longing thoughts pass without fixating on them, the faster your brain will realize that these thoughts are not worth focusing on.
Also, observe the dialogue that goes on in your head when you think about smoking, and even write it down. When you transfer a thought from your head onto a piece of paper or your phone, the thought becomes weaker and you can better assess it.
So it is normal to start thinking about smoking more right after quitting. Thinking doesn’t mean wanting, and when a cigarette thought comes up, reassure yourself that it is normal to have it, let it pass without fixating on it, and if the wistful thought persists, write it down and share it Him with someone.
Taking control of your thoughts is a central part of the CBQ method.
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