18 Ways to help crush your cigarette cravings
1 Tea, coffee and fizzy drinks can all potentially make the taste of a cigarette seem nicer, try changing to drinks such as juice or water.
2 Types of food can sometimes effect how a cigarette may taste, if there is a certain type of food that can make a cigarette taste worse to you, then increase the amount of it you eat in your diet.
3 Try waiting before you give into your cigarette craving. Time yourself to see how long you can last before giving in and add on an extra minute every time.
4 Keep your hands busy, buy yourself a stress ball or something similar to keep your hands occupied.
5 Find someone to quit smoking with, if you know anyone else who wants to stop smoking then quit together and spur each other on.
6 Exercise regularly to keep busy. Even just a ten minute walk every now and then or a quick bike ride will help.
7 Hang around with non-smokers to help you stop yourself from going out for a cigarette break at social events.
8 Chew gum or snack on things such as grapes, nuts, seeds, popcorn or any other healthy snacks.
9 Use inhalers, e-cigarettes, patches, gum or anything else that will help curb the cravings.
10 Remind yourself regularly why you want to quit, make a list and place this somewhere such as the fridge so that you are constantly reminded.
11 Speak to someone, if you are craving a cigarette then call or text someone.
12 Download an app, you may be able to track your progress and note any slip ups you may have had. Seeing your progress visually may help to spur you on.
13 Calculate how much money you are saving each time you are tempted to buy a packet of cigarettes.
14 Make yourself a savings pot and treat yourself at the end of the year. For every packet of cigarettes you don’t buy, put the equivalent money in a jar. At the end of the year you may have enough to treat yourself to a well-deserved holiday.
15 Take trips to places such as the cinema where you are unable to go out for a cigarette break.
16 Don’t give yourself a hard time if you slip up. Accept that you gave in and move on. Being hard on yourself will only stress you out more and will potentially make you crave a cigarette even more.
17 Smoking can increase your blood pressure and make you feel generally unfit. Test your blood pressure and fitness levels and re-test yourself after 3 months of being smoke-free, see if you have improved.
18 Create a ‘cigarette swaps’ plan for your regular daily cigarette habits, for example, if you are used to having a cigarette before you drive to work in the morning, allow yourself 5 more minutes in bed or in the shower, so you don’t have time to smoke before you get to work.
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