Cravings are never easy, and the ultimate reason why so many quit smoking attempts fail. Every other symptom of withdrawal is a walk in the park, on a sunny afternoon filled with butterflies and singing birds, compared to cravings.
The way we view our cravings can make all the difference in the world. Being able to make the distinction between wanting to smoke and craving one, in addition to knowing what an actual crave is, can make or break your quit.
Being able to make the distinction between what you want and what you crave, in addition to knowing what an actual crave is, can make or break your quit.
Our conscientious wants, come from the prefrontal cortex of our brain. An area of the brain we use to reason and apply logic. It is where you decided that you no longer wanted to be a smoker. It is also where you decided that you want to live a better life, have more money, live longer and be free from addiction.
In direct contrast to this, your cravings to smoke are entirely irrational and in no way the result of a logical thought process.
Your cravings to smoke are entirely irrational and in no way the result of a logical thought process.
Cravings very literally occur AGAINST your will and are the result of complex neural pathways that trigger across different areas of the brain during the addiction healing process.
Nicotine addiction injures the brain and cravings can be better viewed as the mental pain of that injury. Smokers who don’t quit, ultimately smoke because they don’t want to face the pain of cravings, not because they want to smoke.
Consider how it feels to nurse a broken arm or a deep cut, the pain is most intense early on and declines as we heal. It is the same for cravings.
When you can make the distinction between your wants and craves, it can become easier to rationalize your way through a craving and survive.