Here we go again. I’ve stocked up on everything I think I’m going to need to do this. Tomorrow, I begin my 100th attempt at quitting.
This time. Instead of just going out and winging it, I’m laying out my game plan. Im getting pretty tired of pissing into the wind. I have to be real about this.
So here we go. This is my plan.
1. Remember this cycle thingy.
Since my appointment with the psychologist is so far away, I decided to do some of my own research into cognitive behavioural therapy. The lesson I took away from it was…
If you’re feeling depressed, and don’t want to do something, do it anyway…
It’s not the profound fucking answer I was hoping for when I started looking into it. But the more I looked at the picture up there, the more it makes sense.
When I first wake up in the morning, the first thing on my mind is “nope…fuck this”
The second time I wake up in the morning, the first thing on my mind is “I need to smoke”
Now if I lay there and tell myself I can’t have one, I’m going to become stressed. If I’m stressed I’m going to start acting out, and when I notice that my behaviour is super cunty I am gong to want to smoke even more.
So tomorrow, the second time I wake up and feel like having a smoke, I’m going to just let that thought sit there. I’m going to get up, brush my teeth and stuff, then go on to do something that I enjoy doing… Probably video games.
I’m not going to fight the urge to smoke, I’m just going to let it be there, whilst I do other shit.
I haven’t really tried this yet, but it sounds good in theory. So we will see how it goes.
2. Avoid triggers
I need to try and stay away from all the things that make me want to smoke. At least for the first week or so.
Here is a list of things that make me want to smoke
- A decent meal
- A shitty meal
- Miserable people
- Condescending people
- People in general
- A Current Affair
- Waking up
- Trying to sleep
- Winning a round of call of duty
- Losing a round of call of duty
- Catching up with friends
- Being alone
- Smelling other smokers
- People telling me I’m doing good by not smoking
- Going to the shop
- Going to work
- Having a shower
…you get the point
I’ll try anyway..
3. Stay strong
Sometimes it will be impossible for me to avoid triggers (obviously)
I can’t just not go to work in order to avoid a certain few wonderful characters. I can’t just not catch up with friends because they all fucking smoke.
In these situations I just need to suck it up, and not give in. I will remove my self from the situation for a moment. Take some mindfulness breaths, maybe imagine myself head butting the trigger, have a giggle, and then return fresh as a daisy.
Sounds good hey?
4. Be proud of what I am doing.
Tis is something I really need to work on. Usually when I do a good thing, I just downplay it in my head for some stupid reason. This time I will remember that what I’m doing is fucking hard, but I am doing it, and I deserve to be proud of it.
My supply’s are ready for me in the morning.
I will be soaking those smokes in water though… Just to be safe.
If anyone has any tips feel free to let me know before I get too irritable to listen to you 🙂
Wish me luck… Again