07 Mar 2018
14 Apr 2018
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There are definite times and activities that became associated with smoking and were reinforced by repetition over the years. The psychological addiction is as strong as the physical. For me, the very worst time is the mornings. I was so used to having a coffee and cigarettes (plural) to start my day that it became a fixed part of my life.
When I quit smoking five weeks ago, I also had to quit coffee because of that close association. I changed to green tea, something that had no association with smoking. After meals is also associated with lighting up. I have changed that to popping in a piece of trident or excel gum which in itself has become an enjoyable ritual.
This morning I had an incredible craving so had an NRT lozenge and the craving passed. I find drinking water and juice also helps a lot.
Wishing you all the best!