The holiday season brings a lot of anxieties – shopping, food, dinners, gifts to smoke, etc. But for a person trying to quit smoke, the anxiety and stress automatically double and end up overshadowing the festivities. Generally, people at the beginning of their quitting journey particularly have a hard time during the holidays. Because what usually happens is you try your best to suppress your cravings, but when the push comes to shove, you succumb to the peer pressure and end up smoking a whopping amount of cigarettes, despite not wanting to do it. And after you are done, the guilt of relapse takes over you, and your motivation falls to point zero. But despite your circumstances, it’s not like you don’t stand a chance to hold yourself back from smoking.
Learning how to suppress these urges and quitting is a conscious mental exercise, and you just have to practice discipline to get hold of these situations. For many smokers, the temptation to smoke is greater during the holidays than at any other time of the year. This is because not only do you have to deal with stress from your family and friends, but you also have to deal with the stress of not being able to smoke. During the holidays, many of us are under a lot of pressure. But we can find it even more difficult to resist the temptation to smoke.
Setting Up a Vape Device for Yourself:
You can totally brave through the holiday season and make the most of it without falling prey to your bad habits, and it’s only a matter of regulating your thought pattern. The first step most people take when they start off their quitting journey is getting themselves a vaping device. Going cold turkey can be extremely difficult, and even if you take that path, you would have to have control over your urges and at times, it could also mean being harsh on yourself. But going cold turkey and then showing up at a party or a holiday dinner is like walking on fire. Therefore, even if you are not the person who vapes, it’s better to keep a vaping device on you along with replacement vape coils and a vape juice of your choice flavour. So even if you find yourself in the company of smokers, you could always use your vaping device without needing to pick up a cigarette.
Vaping is a common practice nowadays, and many people are into it. Vape devices are easy to set up, but there are steps to follow to set up a vape device properly. You need to be aware of some things to have a good and enjoyable vaping experience. You need to be aware of a few things before you start vaping. First, you need to know what kind of vaping device you buy. There are many vaping devices on the market today. Some of them come with a tank and some with a dripper. You need to choose accordingly. A tank is easy to fill and clean, but you must buy the e-liquid separately. On the other hand, a dripper is like a tank but has a dripper built into it. You can fill it with e-liquid as many times as you want. There are many flavours and brands of e-liquid that you can choose from. You can choose a flavour that will suit the flavour of your e-liquid.
Implementing Mental Exercise to Regulate Your Thought Pattern:
As stated earlier, both quitting and relapse result from mental manipulation. You need to recognize and block those invasive thoughts before they dictate your behaviour. The first step is to stop taking cigarettes as something good or desirable. If you say to yourself, ”one occasional cigarette won’t kill me,” you cannot make progress. Instead, you need to associate cigarettes with something that’s extremely bad, and your body can go without them. Talking to yourself and keeping your head clear is an amazing relapse prevention method. It puts your motivations at the forefront and gives you a sense of direction when everything around you is just making you more anxious.
Monitor your thought pattern and see what thoughts arise in your mind when you see people smoking around you. If you still think that all those people are having fun smoking cigarettes and reinforcing camaraderie, then catch yourself immediately and start pep talking to yourself. The smell of cigarettes and smoke can trigger you. You need to reorient your headspace and make room for positivity. It’s not like you will immediately learn to pity the people smoking around you, but in the beginning, you will somehow feel envious of them. But again, the point is to regain your composure and put your motivations first.
Indulging in Distractions:
It usually takes around 100 days for your dopamine level to return to work normally. Hence it’s always better to cross that threshold before stepping into a party or holiday dinner, but of course, it’s not a big deal if that doesn’t happen. You can always deploy some coping mechanisms like breathing practice, drinking water and finding a good distraction like music. It’s better to do something instead of sitting idle with your cravings because it only adds to them, but when you distract yourself, the cravings automatically die down. You can dip out the circle if you see people lighting their cigarettes. It’s always better to excuse yourself than to recoil in shame and guilt after letting your cravings get the best.
Keeping Your Motivations at The Forefront:
The holiday season and the pressure it entails can actually displace you out of your zone, and you may end up displacing your motivations too, but you can actually avoid that pitfall. Journaling is a really effective way to fix your headspace. You may fall prey to your thoughts and experience a relapse. So try writing down all the reasons that pushed you and motivated you not to smoke. Then try to describe your thought pattern when you experienced the relapse. You have to remind yourself of the stuff that’s holding you back and the stuff that’s fueling your motivation. It’s a tried and tested trick to regulate your thought pattern and identify the culprit. Write it all out and describe your cravings until you hit that 100-day mark. This will improve your cognition, and your mood will be levelled out and not brainwashed by nicotine.
In the end, the more you practice, the more you can tweak it to your liking. It’s a practice of mindfulness, and it takes conscious effort to suppress your cravings and let go of hard-learned behaviour and thought patterns. But will trial and error, you will get to the point where no amount of peer pressure and social cues will affect you. Good luck.