Quitting Smoking by Simply Replacing One Habit With Another
We are all familiar with bad habits, but there are also good habits. Habits are just pattern ingrained deep in the brain, and are responsible for a lot of our automatic behaviors. Habits are formed to save thinking about repetitive tasks and work in a loop: Cue, habit, reward. Once a habit is formed it is difficult to break, but can be replaced with a new habit. Researchers refer this method of replacing a bad habit as ‘habit reversal.’
Smoking is a habit, as well as an addiction, but is generally only treated as a physical addiction to the drug nicotine. The addiction lasts just a few weeks but most people that have quit go back to smoking weeks or months later, because the behavioral dependency is so strong.
The habit loop for smokers starts with a cue, or trigger, something that tells us to reach for a cigarette. Smoking a cigarette is the habit, but not the reward. After years of smoking the cigarette provides rewards like socialization, relaxation, physical stimulation, a break from work, or relief from boredom. Smokers generally have trouble quitting unless a new habit is formed that provides a similar reward. Each smoker has to figure out why he or she smokes, beyond the nicotine hit, and find a new habit that fulfills that same reward. If it is a break from work, something new has to replace a smoke break.
Using Quit Tea To Stop Smoking
This is the principle behind Quit Tea. Drinking herbal tea can provide many of the same rewards as smoking, but is healthy and non-addictive. Boiling water, steeping the tea, and sipping provides a break from activities, a way to keep the hands and mouth busy, possible socialization, and stimulation. While at the same time the herbs in Quit Tea help promote relaxation, and temporarily support willpower and get through cravings.
Substitution Strategy for Quitting Smoking is the key to long term success. New healthy habits, such as drinking herbal tea, can help replace the old unhealthy habit of smoking, and simply understanding how habits work, and becoming aware of your own cues and rewards, makes the habit easier to control.
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