If you are trying to quit smoking, resisting your nicotine cravings is probably the biggest challenge you’ll be facing. Cigarette cravings often kick in fast. A typical smoker would feel these cravings an hour after putting down his last cigarette stick. This is because smoking is not a habit, it’s an addiction.
The good news is, most cravings last only for 3 to 5 minutes. That said, you need distractions from nicotine cravings. After that, it gets a little easier. Each time you resist a nicotine craving, you are one step closer to quitting smoking for good.
Here’s what you can do to resist the urge to light up.
Avoid the triggers
Avoid drinks that you may have associated with smoking like alcohol or coffee. Many people have a habit of smoking while they drink; while some would smoke with a cup of coffee. While we’re not suggesting that you should give up these drinks, you have to try to avoid them until you have broken the association with smoking.
Despite being intense, remember that cigarette cravings are often short-lived and will pass within a few minutes. When an urge to smoke strikes, tell yourself that you have to wait for 10 minutes, then focus your attention on other things and get yourself busy.
Physical activities may help relieve some withdrawal symptoms and reduce your nicotine cravings. Exercise stimulates brain chemicals that fight nicotine cravings. Plus, it helps keep the pounds off.
Most people gain an average of 8 pounds when they are trying to quit smoking. Exercise will not only help you deal with the cravings, it can also keep your weight down.
Drink a glass of water
We all know that drinking water offers a wide array of health benefits. In addition to that, it provides a calming effect on nicotine cravings.
Chew on it
In order to successfully fight the cravings, give your mouth something to do. Try snacking on nuts, carrots, sunflower seeds or celery – something satisfying and crunchy.