12Apr2012 By Gletea | Permalink | Report Like0 Support me - Follow my blogs
28 days Auahi Kore but cravings still quite strong....
From what you say, the strength of your temptations to smoke are still very strong and aren't getting any weaker. Yet you are still not giving in, and remain quit. Congratulations on this amazing effort. With that sort of willpower you should be able to achieve anything you set your mind to. It is likely that the reason the temptations are staying high is that you are inadvertently keeping yourself open to the possibility of giving in and relapsing back to smoking, because you still believe that you have given up something that is important to you.
Reflect on the thoughts you have when you are tempted to smoke. If you have any thoughts like "gee, it would be nice, but I can’t", try to think differently. Start working out different ways of deriving the pleasures you associate with smoking. Don’t think about smoking as forbidden fruit, because this is holding on to the idea that you are sacrificing something by quitting. And, as long as you hold on to this idea, the temptations are not going to diminish. Try thoughts like "I don’t need to smoke, nor do I want to smoke any more, this is just my addiction trying to get control". Once you come to believe thoughts like this, it will make a big difference and you will notice the strength of your temptations will rapidly start to decline.
If you aren’t doing it already, it is also important to actively challenge temptations. Choose your targets (not the really hard ones), seek them out and revel in not smoking. You can do it.
This may help someone else also.