Holidays

Subconscious use cue extinguishment
paula
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:44

16 May 2001, 13:26 #11

Thank You for all the good advice and wonderful logic. It actually helps to Know that quitting is a good thing, a big deal, something to be proud of. Paula (66 days wo nicotine)
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

25 Nov 2001, 21:37 #12

I must have forgotten to bring this up last week--but we are now entering the next holiday season. Be prepared for changes in feelings and sensations being triggered by the holiday season. The next few weeks can be riddled with triggers--hearing christmas music, having holiday parties, home decorations that happen only this time of the year, changes in clothing accompanying with the weather changes, expanded shopping, etc. All of these new events can trigger the response that you smoke when you do these things. But they will all be broken the same way as you broke the summer season rituals, the spring season rituals and the fall season rituals--by living through each new situation without taking a cigarette and staying commited in getting through this time period too with your resolve intact to never take another puff!

Joel
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

02 Sep 2002, 17:58 #13

While holidays may afford some people the opportunity to take a day off of work, people do have some responsibilities in their lives that do not lend themselves to simply take off. One of these responsibilities is maintaining your personal vigilance in smoking cessation. Staying free from smoking requires a constant commitment that is maintained 24 hours a day, 365 days a year-and even 366 days a year in leap years.

It is important to note that this commitment does not require constant fighting or even constant thoughts. Most of the time it is really a non-issue. But even though you may no longer think about smoking or even a cigarette on any kind of a regular basis it is important for you to just stay aware that you made a promise to yourself to not smoke on every given day. Even on busy workdays that may be followed by a home life that is hectic and seems to afford you no time to think-it is important and helpful to take a few seconds to remind yourself that you have made a personal commitment to stay smoke free.

On days off if you have little extra time, try to remind yourself not only that you committed to quit-but also why you made that decision. Take a few extra minutes to remember smoking how it really was, assess life how it really is in contrast without smoking, take in consideration all of the real implications of smoking and you will have a stronger and reinforced resolve to never take another puff!

Joel
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

04 Jul 2003, 05:28 #14

Winter holidays are not the only special days that can serve as triggers. It is just as important to be prepared for summer holidays too. Our American members will be celebrating Independence Day tomorrow being that it will be July 4th. But in truth all of our members should be celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that too for all of our members will be able to sustain their Independence from nicotine for as long as they remember to never take another puff!

Joel
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

13 Dec 2003, 22:25 #15

Image I see that some members are starting to encounter the annual winter holiday sights, sounds and special activities unique to the holiday season. We will likely have this string and a few others up frequently for the next few weeks, reminding everyone that the best way to maximize your chances of having a happier and healthier holiday season, as well as to have happier and healthier experiences through the rest of your life is to continue to stick to your commitment to never take another puff! Joel
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Roger (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

28 May 2004, 10:59 #16

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Memorial Day is Monday in the U.S. This holiday is a typical kickoff for summer activites and travel.
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

28 May 2005, 18:39 #17

While holidays may afford some people the opportunity to take a day off of work, people do have some responsibilities in their lives that do not lend themselves to simply take off. One of these responsibilities is maintaining your personal vigilance in smoking cessation. Staying free from smoking requires a constant commitment that is maintained 24 hours a day, 365 days a year-and even 366 days a year in leap years.

It is important to note that this commitment does not require constant fighting or even constant thoughts. Most of the time it is really a non-issue. But even though you may no longer think about smoking or even a cigarette on any kind of a regular basis it is important for you to just stay aware that you made a promise to yourself to not smoke on every given day. Even on busy workdays that may be followed by a home life that is hectic and seems to afford you no time to think-it is important and helpful to take a few seconds to remind yourself that you have made a personal commitment to stay smoke free.

On days off if you have little extra time, try to remind yourself not only that you committed to quit-but also why you made that decision. Take a few extra minutes to remember smoking how it really was, assess life how it really is in contrast without smoking, take in consideration all of the real implications of smoking and you will have a stronger and reinforced resolve to never take another puff!

Joel
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

03 Sep 2006, 20:38 #18

Not all days lend themselves to such predictability, but when they do occur it is best to be ready for them. By their expected nature they afford us the opportunity to take a little extra precaution. If you initially made a list of why you wanted to quit, the day of such events is a good time to pull it out and reread it. If you made posts the first few days here at Freedom, it would be a good time to review your early thoughts and the responses too. You will quickly see how strong of a grip cigarettes had, the importance you put on getting off of cigarettes, and realize that even though the day had its bad moments, in all likelihood it was easier than it was at the beginning and you never want to go through that state again.
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Sal GOLD.ffn
Joined: 16 Jan 2003, 08:00

01 Sep 2007, 05:17 #19

Image In the United States the long Labor Day weekend is starting. Hold on to your healing and enjoy your freedom. No nicotine today, never take another puff!

ImageSal
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Roger (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

28 Nov 2007, 13:55 #20

Image Holiday Magic.............It will seem even more magical when you stop to realize how nice it was not having to go outside and replentish your nicotine.
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