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Stress induced habit behaviors

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by Sassyonemeis, Mar 10, 2011.

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  1. Sassyonemeis

    Sassyonemeis Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 15, 2011
    Albany NY
    ok... so I had an extra stressful day today. My dear son, 12 years old was a sweetheart and had dinner on the table when I returned home, what a nice treat! So after I ate, I found myself reaching for a cigarette!! UGH!! I havent smoked or had any cigarettes in the home, or even had a desire for a cigarette for 2 months now. I was shocked that I even had a moment, as subconscious as it may have been, that I would be reaching for something that hasnt been there in months. Now I'm not saying I'm craving a cigarette, just that I was reaching for one in the spot where they were usually kept when I did have them. The combination of stress and that old after a meal smoke just took hold in a big way today ... bleck @ the thought!

    Has this happened to anyone else??
  2. Arsenic

    Arsenic Full Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I can totally understand what you mean, except that in my case it actually gets to cravings... stress does do that.

    Since i don't smoke or vape (you may have seen my "Am i crazy?" thread in the newbie forum), my brain then switches to uncontrolled snacking, so i go thru bags of hard candy and whatever nuts or trail-mix i have, like a swarming locust :oops:

    They say it does go away with time, but i can't say so myself

    -[Arsenic] :)
  3. tenzip

    tenzip Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 19, 2011
    Lincoln, NE, USA
    After almost 2 months, I still find myself reaching for my smokes in the pickup. I kept them in the cup holder in the armrest. I don't keep the PV's there, as they stick up a bit, and I might give it a whack with my elbow. They go in the (well cleaned) ashtray instead.

    My other "smoking spot" is not an issue anymore, I don't go out in the garage much anymore, and certainly don't sit in my "smoking spot" in the garage.

    If I do have a craving, I just vape like a fiend until it goes away.
  4. spirits3250

    spirits3250 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 27, 2010
    Same here. Whenever I am exceptionally stressed, I want a cigarette badly but I make myself reach for my ecig instead. Its enough to keep me from smoking an analog. I sometimes don't believe my cravings for a regular cigarette will ever disappear but the ecig will keep me from falling off the wagon.
  5. Sassyonemeis

    Sassyonemeis Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 15, 2011
    Albany NY
    hahaha @ square root of 64 ball
  6. TNT

    TNT Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 5, 2009
    York, PA
    I still have stressful moments where I fondly recall how cigarettes magically relieved that stress. Then I remember they didn't.

    I don't know why I think they did, but for some reason, I occasionally do. All that really happened when I was stressed was I'd quit the "put one out and light up another" routine in favor of just lighting the new one with the last ember of the old one.
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