There are so many micro actions and behaviors that tie a smoker to cigarettes and really what gives the cigarette so much power of people. These micro actions and behaviors include the physical, mental, chemical, and psychological – just to name a few.
When a person decides they’d like to quit and not just a passing thought, but a belief that they really want to quit, so many of these micro actions that may have been subconscious or below the surface in day to day routines, come rushing to the forefront.
A person is constantly reminded internally that they are trying to put cigarettes in their past. Every action taken (and some not) are a reminder to the quitter they are missing something – this is what cravings are. A person starts to want and crave the physical, mental, chemical, subconscious act of smoking.
So, rather than focusing on the craving, which can ultimately lead a person to caving in on what they really want, why not trick the brain? Why not “fake it”? The brain will believe whatever it is told. So, the next time you have a craving, remind yourself that “oh yeah, I’m a non-smoker now.” Or, “now that I’m a non-smoker, I no longer ____.” Cravings only last for about three minutes, so you won’t have to trick yourself and before too long, usually within 24 hours, you’ll convince yourself you are no longer a smoker.