22 December 2005

Nicotine cravings

Nicotine cravingsCravings are normal and expected. They last only a few minutes and have a beginning, middle and an end. Things are improving in time, so, as time passes, cravings will be less intense, shorter and happen less often. It is positive to think of cravings as 'time limited desires'.

I have found some tips to help myself with nicotine cravings:

- Take 10 deep breaths; hold the last one while lighting a match. Exhale slowly and blow out the match. Pretend it is a cigarette and put it out in an ashtray.

- Take a deep breath and remind yourself of your reasons for giving up smoking, and realize that although you are feeling anxious now, you will have the benefits of being an ex-smoker with you for life.

- Take a shower or bath if possible.

- Learn to relax quickly and deeply. Make yourself limp, visualize a soothing, pleasing situation, and get away from it all for a moment. Concentrate on that peaceful image and nothing else.

- Do not drink alcohol, coffee or other beverages that can trigger the desire for a cigarette.

- Once you stop smoking, your sense of taste improves, and the appetite suppressant power of cigarettes is no longer present. To handle hunger, start by drinking plenty of water. It is good for you, and calorie-free!

- The nicotine cigarettes provide is a stimulant, so when you give up smoking you might feel some fatigue. To minimize tiredness, try to make healthy eating choices and avoid getting too much sugar, which will stimulate you at first but let you down later. Also, eating a healthy breakfast can boost your energy level and help you through the day.

- Light incense or a candle, instead of a cigarette.

- Brush your teeth.

- Tell yourself "no." Say it aloud. Practice doing this a few times, and listen to yourself. Some other things you can say to yourself might be, "I’m too strong to give in to smoking," "I’m a nonsmoker now," or "I don’t want to let my friends and family down."

- Do brief bursts of exercise (isometrics, pushups, deep knee bends, walk up a flight of stairs, or touch your toes).

- So much of your life used to revolve around cigarettes. These feelings will pass; try to keep in mind that smoking a cigarette will only make you feel worse in the end. Never allow yourself "one won't hurt" idea, because it will…

On the other hand, maybe I should not fight with cravings. They help me to enlarge my blog…