Keep Your Hands Busy
Try to keep your hands and mouth busy! Instead of lighting a smoke chew a stick of gum and drink more water. When the craving hits you stopand do something else. By changing your routine helps, shake off the desire.
Take a long walk up and down the stairs at work. Physical activity can help beat a craving and boost your energy. Furthermore, take slowand deep breaths by inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. Do this for ten minutes to make you feel relaxed.
Do a Good Deed
Distracting the mind is the best solution to help with smoking cravings. Take a few minutes and help a co-worker, family member, or friend.
Instead of thinking about yourself, you are viewing another person’s problem, taking your mind off the craving you have. Additionally, doing something good for another person leaves you feeling positive and reduces stress.
Managing stress is essential and plays a big part ofquitting.
Get the Support You Need
· Call someone – there is no need of going through the cravings yourself. Lean on loved ones you trust!
· Sign up for Smokefree TXT online to get 24/7 support directly to your phone.
· Track your cravings to understand your smoking patterns with a Smartphone app available here.
· Call anexpert at the National Cancer Institute Quitline (1-800-784-8669) or find alocal one available in your state now.
· Talk to a counselor – get Live Help online with the National Cancer Institute.