One strategy for handling cravings is to practice delay. A delay is a good learning opportunity: a stretch of time to live, even for an hour, without a drug of choice. A delay can also open the space for an interruption (a phone call, good news) to get someone’s mind off her craving...
…Cravings drive us to indulgence with a nasty tunnel vision—and interruptions can save us from ourselves. For instance, imagine a woman traveling home from work who’s fixating on having a drink when she gets home. The brain is a master of focus during its fixation: This woman thinks that her drink, and nothing else, is capable of relaxing her. But if she gets home and can put off drinking for even just a bit, there’s a chance she’ll be distracted by stress-relievers that she didn’t consciously trust: the taste of dinner, a phone call from someone she likes.
When fixating, the mind doesn’t imagine alternatives which might also relax you. But even a short delay can allow some of those alternatives to happen. The actual taste of dinner can be soothing in a way that the addicted brain can’t creatively imagine.
“I was a buyer slave there for almost 3 years, when I finally left it was like leaving fashion prison. The pressure to look and act hip while working there was unbelievable. I didn’t work at the Brooklyn store so I don’t know what their deal is but the one I worked at actively tried to brainwash you into being hip. Monthly “buy” meetings were a time of shame where the manager would hold up “undesirable” items and chastise the fool who thought the target shirt was cute. I can honestly say I didn’t buy things I thought would sell if I had any inkling it did not fit into my manager’s limited sense of style. They would say we buy for everyone and then tell us at the buy meetings “don’t buy urban ware – it doesn’t sell”, “don’t buy plus sizes, they don’t sell” and on and on it went. The only things that were acceptable to buy were clothes for anemic hipsters. The other stuff they said never sells we never bought for the store, so it never had the potential to sell. The routinely told us we were lucky to work there, and for some reason people would buy into it and feel hipper than thou just because they spent the day looking through stranger’s dirty laundry.”—Rags to Bitches — My Clothes Aren’t ‘Hip Enough’ for the Thrift Store
“Manufacturers aiming to create a cleaner, tidier fridge are likely facing an uphill battle: Currently, most Americans don’t clean their fridges until something triggers them to act, such as a spill or a pungent odor. They also don’t devote much effort to the task, even when they come home with bags of new groceries. In Whirlpool’s 2005 refrigerator habits survey of 2,571 consumers, 33% said they don’t spend any time cleaning the refrigerator before grocery shopping. In order to make room for items just purchased, 27% reported shoving everything in and not worrying about organization.”—
“The website One red paperclip was created by Kyle MacDonald, a Canadian blogger who bartered his way from a single red paperclip to a house in a series of online trades over the course of a year. MacDonald was inspired by the childhood game Bigger, Better, and the site received a considerable amount of notice for tracking the transactions. “A lot of people have been asking how I’ve stirred up so much publicity around the project, and my simple answer is: ‘I have no idea,’”—One red paperclip - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia