I was thinking about smoking, and the fact that we crave cigarettes when we try to quit, when something occurred to me.
Back before we knew that the nicotine in tobacco was addictive, if for whatever reason, you were unable to smoke and couldn't get access to tobacco, how would you even know that it was the lack of nicotine that was causing you to feel bad?
The point is this. When we quit now, we put so much emphasis on the fact that, if we smoked, it would make us feel better, that a large part of the cravings is your own mindset, not the physical withdrawal.
But... what if you didn't know it was that? You didn't even know it was addictive? You didn't realise, if you stopped it, it would make you feel bad?
That would mean, you'd stop smoking (maybe cigarettes aren't available because it's 300 years ago and they're in short supply). So you can't smoke, and the next day, you don't feel very well. That's strange! I don't feel very well today. Then on the next day the same. And on the third day, you feel a bit better, but still don't feel right.
BUT THEN, on the 4th day, you feel OK again. So you go "Oh well, that was strange, I felt a bit ill, and now I feel better"
So, a MASSIVE part of quitting is in our heads. WE constantly remind ourselves that it's all because we can't smoke, and if we could, everything would be better.
We're told so much that by quitting we'll feel bad, that in the end, we feel bad!
If there was a big room, just one door leading in, and all the walls in the room were painted green, and there was a guy in a science lab coat standing outside. If he said to you "everyone that goes in that room starts to feel really nauseas after 5 minutes of being in there", I guarantee a lot of people would start feeling sick, even though, the science guy made the whole thing up, it's just a green room!
In the end, you spend so much time reminding yourself it’s all because of smoking, that if you just stop telling yourself, you’ll be fine!
Just a few thoughts I had. I've got too much time to think!