Put this one under the heading of myth busting of a common rationalization / misconception tied into Why do I smoke?
Did we consciously use nicotine intake as a 'reward' for completing a task?
We may have believed this was the case but I propose that we used any excuse to break a task or event that took longer than 30 to 40 minutes and get to a fix-friendly zone and devour a dose of nicotine..
Indeed, that urge or trigger we recognize early in our recovery process makes us think we are 'missing' an opportunity to 'do something'. Hence, we believe since we are 'missing' something we need to replace it with an alternate activity or worse yet alternate substance of some sort. However the truthof the matter is that there's nothing to replace because nothing is missing. We never needed nicotine to truly live. We only needed nicotine (and hence tobacco smoke or juice ingesting) to prevent withdrawal anxiety perpetrated by our previous doses.
Nothing was missing aside from our NEED to constantly monitor and maintain our blood chemistry saturation level of a highly potent neurotoxin. We didn't take a break because the task was too long or involved. We made a break in each and every task or routine daily for a dosing opportunity before the discomfort of early withdrawal became too intense.
The best part of recovery of our natural and normal rythmn is that after the multitude of thought associations are broken and replaced with nothing but living life we begin to truly appreciate how life can be and should be lived. Clean of nicotine and free to 'just be' with no need for maintenance feedings or activities of any sort. Granted it takes a bit of time and effort to retrain your brain. Your return to life as it was always meant to be will become complete when you unknowingly enter that stage all of longer term quitters call 'comfort. If you live today without putting nicotine into your already and constantly healing mind and body the desired end result will happen, rest assured. Just ntap and live life. It's all you need to do in reality.
JoeJ Free - NicotineFree and Living as I was meant to be for Three Years, Two Months, Twenty Eight Days, 6 Hours and 51 Minutes, while reclaiming 205 Days and 10 Hours, by choosing not to use 29582 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $6,524.38.