There are two types of cravings…
1. A steady and constant background craving for a cigarette. This type of craving decreases in intensity several weeks after quitting.
2. Sudden bursts of intense desire or urge to smoke. These urges to smoke tend to become less frequent over time but their intensity can remain strong even after many months of quitting and are generally triggered by a cue such as drinking alcohol and feeling stressed.
There are 3 tried and tested ways to tame cravings…
When you stop smoking, the reduced nicotine intake will disturb the balance of the central nervous system, causing withdrawal symptoms. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms are…
Activities including yoga or pilates can be a great help to find relaxation.
Use diversion techniques to keep your mind busy when dealing with a craving. Why not call a friend?
Falling heart rate
It’s a good sign. Quitting considerably reduces your risk of heart disease.
Why not try to relax before bedtime by taking a warm bath?
Cravings for nicotine
Avoid the triggers such as coffee and alcohol drink.
Depression or low mood
Make a list of the reasons why you quit and run through it when your resolve weakens.
Find a new hobby. Dancing or painting can help to release tension and help you deal with your cravings.
Avoid drinking tea and coffee.