It’s 9 am on a workday. You are about to begin your work, but not before you have your favorite chai. While you sip it, you think of multiple things — work meetings, the day’s deadlines, and your evening after-work plan. And then, at once, you want to light up. Your tea has sparked a strong urge to smoke.
You light up a cigarette and you feel wonderful. This chai-cigarette pairing seems divine. So much so that you can’t imagine your chai without a cigarette! For you, this pairing is as inseparable as Steve and Dustin of Stranger Things, or Munnabhai and Circuit of Munnabhai MBBS. It becomes absolutely necessary to smoke the next time you are having chai.
But why? This blog aims to answer this question.
Formation Of A Habit Loop
Smokers tend to pair cigarette smoking with many things — meals, stress, pooping and more. This tendency is called the formation of a habit loop. A habit loop is a neurological loop that forms any habit. It consists of 4 elements:
When you do something that makes you feel good, your brain remembers the experience. It craves that good feeling. When you repeat this favorable action, you feel rewarded and repeat it. The cycle becomes something like this: Smoke, feel good, smoke. Repeat.
The nicotine in cigarettes hijacks the habit loop in your brain. When you smoke, the nicotine present in the cigarette smoke enters the bloodstream. In the brain, it stimulates the release of the pleasure chemical ‘dopamine’. Dopamine makes you feel good.
The nicotine buzz doesn’t last long. It compels you to smoke repetitively. This habit offers a pleasurable distraction from your stresses. Over time, this habit loop becomes so strong that you no longer enjoy your regular day-to-day activities without depending on cigarettes. And, this is one critical reason why nicotine dependence builds in, and you become addicted to smoking.
How To Break The Habit Loop
Your chai is your trigger to smoke a cigarette. To quit smoking, it is important to break this habit loop. Your brain has the capacity to change if you want to. You can unlearn the habit loop. This process is known as neuroplasticity.
This unlearning will prepare you psychologically for your quit-smoking journey. At the same time, you must also prepare your body to quit smoking. For these purposes, Smotect comes to your rescue.
Accept your chai as your smoking trigger
Recognize the emotions that lead you to your craving. Don’t resist them. Don’t even give up chai. On the contrary, understand the reasons for your smoking in an open-ended manner without judging yourself and accept them.
- What emotion is compelling me to smoke while sipping chai — Am I anxious, bored, stressed, or excited?
- What will happen if I refuse to smoke while having chai?
Once you accept your cue for cigarette smoking, it becomes easier to break the habit loop of cigarette smoking.
Light up your cigarette. Use your senses completely to analyze the cigarette. Feel the cigarette. Experience its taste. Feel the smoke travel down your throat as you inhale, and feel it travel back up your throat as you exhale.
After smoking the cigarette, ask yourself:
- How do you feel?
- Has your mood really changed?
- If cigarette smoking has indeed changed your mood instantaneously.
- Try to recollect situations when you have managed to have chai without cigarettes and have done well.
- Ask yourself whether you can do without a cigarette the next time you want to have chai.
If you answer yes, then that means you are now conscious of the unpleasantness of the cigarette smoking experience. If your answer is no then practice smoking mindfully, and you will get there soon.
Smokers usually smoke cigarettes distractedly. Their attention is not on the cigarette, but on the need to feel good.
When you smoke mindfully, you use your senses completely while smoking. You feel the cigarette. You experience its bitter taste. You know how the smoke feels inside your throat and mouth.
Take Smotect Natural Tablets
Smotect Natural Tablets are patented, unique scientific formulations of 12 therapeutic herbs. They are formulated to lower your nicotine dependence, reduce cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms.
Smotect Natural Tablets mimic the behaviour of nicotine present in cigarettes. Just as nicotine stimulates the release of the pleasure hormone dopamine, these tablets lead the body to produce its own dopamine naturally. Consequently, nicotine dependence reduces.
This naturally released dopamine also helps to sustain the elevated mood, increased energy levels, and stamina, thus reducing reliance on cigarettes drastically.
So, when you start taking these tablets, your urge to smoke while having chai wanes. Gradually, you stop associating chai with cigarette smoking.
USPs of Smotect Natural Tablets:
- 100% safe and natural
- Over 95% success rate with zero side effects
- Beat biological cravings
Benefits of Smotect Natural Tablets:
- Help improve lung function
- Protect vital organs (lungs, heart, brain and skin) from the impact of years of smoking
- Increase immunity
- Increase energy and stamina to perform regular activities
- Improve mental status
- Improve sleep quality and mental relaxation
The fault doesn’t lie with chai. It lies with the nicotine hijacking of the brain, which can only go off once the brain starts receiving the natural supply of dopamine, you accept your cravings and smoke mindfully.
Additionally, firm up your resolve and make your quit-smoking journey easier by signing up for Smotect Guided Sessions. These sessions are a step-by-step video series based on the approach of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
These sessions comprise tangible tools, techniques and breathing exercises, and are designed by quit-smoking experts. They strengthen your mental muscles, reduce your mental dependence on cigarettes, and help you unlearn the habit of smoking psychologically.
To know more, visit www.smotect.com
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