What do you do when nothing seems to help when you have a strong craving ?
Each craving lasts approximately 3 minutes. None of them will kill you. As long as you understand that "This craving will go away whether I smoke or not", and the corollary that "The only way craves will go away forever is if I do not smoke no matter what"... then you can do it. You can take anything for 3 minutes.
A craving is a feeling. It is really really crappy feeling, but it is a feeling. Feelings don't kill you. Smoking will.
Deep breathing, ice cold water to drink (or pour over your head ), and do your best to distract your mind from the crappy antsiness and anxiety that a craving can bring. Physical exercise (jumping jacks or whatever). One minute at a time if need be.
Best to you!
It has been a little over 3 months and I am still going strong !
That's wonderful. Congratulations!
Thank you Barbscloud !
You say, "Bring it on". Let it wash over you & it's gone in a couple of minutes. Embrace it. The more you do this the weaker they are & the stronger you become. Soon it'll be second nature just to shrug it off.
Godisable247 In the beginning of my quit I was somewhat limited in the activities I could do.
I can't say I had craves that wouldn't go away or it was just a bad day but what I found to be the best for me and still is for a lot of things is music. I played music from my younger days and sang along. Sometimes / more often then not I would remember different good times
Find what works for you
The Best to you
VICKS VAPOR RUB. A bit under my nose and I was good to go! I swore by it and I also used the Vicks inhaler when I was out in public and didn't want to smell like Vicks I also cleaned anything and everything in my house!
How long have you been quit...? In the early days you are dealing with both physical and mental craves...then there is just the mental craves...which are tough, but we can get through them...usually when they won’t go away...you hang in there and do everything to keep busy...and usually a good night’s rest and tomorrow is a better day...Hang tough...~ Colleen 1 Year 1 Day Free
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Take a walk, take slow/deep breaths, going slower and deeper with each, call a friend, talk another walk, work on a crossword puzzle. The idea is to get your mind occupied with something ELSE!
It would help us help you if we knew a bit more about your smoking history, your current quit date and if you are using any nicotine replacement products.
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This easy and entertaining read provided a world of good information about nicotine addiction, most of which I was not aware. I credit it in large part with my success at quitting. You can search for it online or at your local library.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smoke
The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
That's "take" another walk!
I had a lot of those. I kept slogging on. I didn't smoke. By not giving in to my feelings and mind, I learned how not to smoke, then I learned how to love breathing air. But it is a one day at a time journey. You are in good company here at Ex. Keep coming back--read, blog, comment as much as you wish.
Since I started a landscaping project to get through those first few weeks I would go out and turn over dirt or dig holes at a faster rate. I know this isn't for everyone but I would say TRY to do something that will take your mind off them since they are only temporary.
This may seem like a facile answer, but "you figure it out." If nothing you've tried has worked, all the suggestions like 100+ Things to do instead of smoking / vaping / chewing or like Craving Buster Technique then YOU have to brainstorm and come up with what DOES work for yourself. Part of this journey is figuring out the answers to our own quitting puzzles. If something doesn't work, we need to discover what does. And if you're invested 100 percent in this journey and this puzzle, you will do everything you can to figure out the answer. That's part of our homework. That's part of our perseverance, that's part of what it takes to overcome this addiction.
"What do you do when nothing seems to help when you have a strong craving ?" What do YOU think you need to do? That BEST part of you, will tell you. It doesn't lie. You may not like the answer. But it will lead you to the truth.
Thank you. That said it all !
Thank you all for your help. It has officially been over 30 days and I am doing great so far. I put my quit date out to be December 18 but I actually quit a day after Thanksgiving. I will keep pushing on.
Congrats on 30 days. That's fabulous. Keep moving forward.
Resolve ! & remember resolve....
what is next liking after smoking?, do that. It could be anything, but not smoking.
cravings will come and go.
keep saying to yourself why i quit smoking, even if no cravings..
makes life better, when next time nicodemon visit your brain !
all the best !
Godisable247 How are you doing today? Please read the above information...and let us know how you are....~ Colleen
Keep pushing through till you get to the other side.
Whoo Hoo on 30 days quit...super job...
Keep doing what you're doing. It's obviously working for you!
Congrats on 30 days! That is HUGE!
YES!!!!! You obviously figured out what to do when nothing else seems to help! It worked, whatever you did. KEEP DOING IT! YAY YOU!
Thank you. I have to keep the faith. We are going through some very trying times right now with this Corona Virus. Let's all stay well.
Glad you checked in. It's always good to hear from successful quitters.
You are doing great keep it up you can do this. Congratulations on your wonderful quit.
Play your favorite song loud and sing along For me I found you can't crave and sing like a rock star at the same time
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