12 Aug 2019
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17 Dec 2019
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I can promise you, this is a normal, albeit annoying, part of the quit and it will ease off.
I couldn't believe how I connected every freaking emotion to smoking! Happy? Go for a cigarette. Sad? Go for a smoke. Anxious? Go for a smoke! It never ended.
Something that helped me was doing some research and discovering that nicotine triggers the release of dopamine and I needed to find ways for my brain to produce it without nicotine. I learned that "learning" something new releases substantial amounts dopamine.
And so I began to just pick topics I wanted to learn something about. For me it involved choosing a country I'd love to visit and then learning a complicated recipe from that region. I cant believe how much better, and happier I began to feel.
Regardless of how you move forward, pxp, you're doing so well and the "obsessive" connection between feelings and smoking will get better!