10 Tips for Coping with Cravings

Stand up and stretch!  Photo credit: Benjamin DeLong

Stand up and stretch!
Photo credit: Benjamin DeLong

1. Pause. Take a breath.

Take a moment to think that this chemically-induced feeling will be gone in ten minutes. This may seem like a long time when you’re in the moment, but you can get through 10 minutes. Take it minute by minute if you have to.

  • Breathe in for 6 seconds and then breath out for 6 seconds. Then do it again. See if you feel a little better.
  • If your iPod or iPhone is nearby, listen to an upbeat song that can distract you.
  • Drink some water.
  • Stand up and stretch.

2. Give yourself a neck massage.

It’s normal to feel irritated, frustrated, nervous, and restless when you are first quitting. The longer you stay smoke free, the less you will feel this way! To help you get through this craving, take a deep breath and rub the tension out of your neck (who doesn’t like a neck massage?).

3. Text “smoke” or “crave” to the StopMySmoking phone number for a Text Crave message!

Need some tips in the moment? We’re here for you. Text Crave will immediately send you back an idea on how to get through. Don’t like the tip? Text again and we’ll send you a different idea. How’s that for service? (Message and data rates may apply)

4. Don’t forget your Quit Buddy!

Quitting can sometimes feel like a lonely experience. But remember: hundreds of people in any given moment are also quitting at the same time! It’s like there’s a whole group of you going through this together! If you’ve signed up with StopMySmoking.com, text your Quit Buddy and see how she’s getting on with her quitting. Maybe she can give you a quick ounce of support. You don’t have to do this alone! (Message and data rates may apply)

5. Take a shower.

You’ll feel less like lighting up when you’re clean and refreshed! A shower can be a very relaxing distraction after a stressful day at school or work.

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