Don’t Quit Habits…Replace them
Keep the lifestyle, lose the damage.
Habits are crucial to healthy living. They turn everyday tasks—or, really, anything we do frequently—into a semi-automatic background process that leaves our minds free to work on other tasks. They’re absolutely essential to getting through the day.
But they can also hurt us. Most addictions are based in habits, smoking included. To understand how they work, it’s important to know that habits are actually behavioral loops. Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter and the author The Power of Habit, about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies, explains here. Essentially, habits have three pieces:
- A trigger or cue. This might be a location (the outdoor table at your favorite bar), an event (finishing work), or a sensation (the smell of cigarette smoke).
- The behavior itself. Importantly, this is the whole action of smoking—not just the nicotine. Taking out the cigarette, lighting it, inhaling, feeling it in your hand…that’s all part of the habit.
- The reward. The satisfaction from all of those pieces of the smoking behavior provide an incentive to smoke again the next time you run into the same cue/trigger.
That brings us to why it's so hard to give up our habits. We get used to the rewards they provide, and we associate those rewards with our habit triggers. We can’t stop carrying out our habits without experiencing real distress, and often significant confusion or discomfort.
The solution? Don’t quit habits—replace them with something positive.
The problem is that determination and willpower can’t eliminate the cues that trigger your habits. What you need to do is either remove the cues themselves or replace the action they trigger with something new.
Removing the cues or triggers would mean completely changing your lifestyle: avoiding bars, stores or really anything that could be a trigger for smoking.
But Terss is a game-changer for habit-change. Terss keeps your triggers intact.
It can be used as a positive replacement whenever you feel the urge to smoke. Terss can be carried with you, like a cigarette, vape, or pipe. It feels the same, and lets you keep your smoking triggers alongside many of your familiar, comforting smoking behaviors: the posture, the gesture, the slow drag, the feel of it against your lips.
Those all come with their own rewards, their own little moments of satisfaction and pleasure. Those are the rewards unique to terssing, and thanks to Terss’ design, they have no downsides.