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How to Stop Your Cravings When You Stop Smoking

Jul 6th 2010 at 12:54 PM

How to Stop Your Cravings When You Stop Smoking

The attempt to stop smoking is a very difficult endeavor. It entails will power and determination just to be able to control the cravings that may accompany the withdrawal stage. See, as a smoker tries to cleanse his body from the nicotine that he consumes, the body would continue to look for nicotine for it to be able to function properly. This craving will urge the smoker to just continue smoking so that his body needs can be satisfied. This is where his focus and strength of mind should come in. He needs to fight off the urge in order for him to start a non-smoking life.

Some smokers who are on the process of quitting resort to drugs to assist them during the withdrawal stage. Several medicines that are publicized by media are offered to the public to help defeat the urge to smoke; and they are designed to give pleasure to the brain in the same way the nicotine affects the brain. Because of these drugs, the smokers will feel exactly the same feeling as if they had just finished a stick; so as a result, there is really no need for the smokers to actually puff a cigarette.

Despite the help that you may get from drugs, you still have to put in mind that you still need to exert effort in order for you to successfully overcome the temptation to smoke. Be reminded that the first few days of your renunciation would really be the toughest, so you should be prepared to face the difficulty. To be able to do so, you should try your hardest to stay away from things which might remind you of smoking.

For instance, you may want to avoid places where you may encounter a lot of smokers, because you might be tempted to join their fun. For some people, they try to replace a cigarette with healthier foods life cinnamon sticks or celery just to satisfy the need to have something pressed between their lips; and if it is your hands which crave for something to hold on to, try to replace the cigarette stick with a pencil or anything which may take its place. If you are the kind of person who associates smoking with drinking, then you may want to avoid drinking alcohol as well. Keep your mind of the idea of smoking, and keep yourself busy so that you would forget the temptation to smoke.

If despite all your efforts to avoid smoking, you are still craving for a puff, you may want to try these few tricks just to satisfy your longing:
Light a matchstick instead of a cigarette, and pretend that it is a cigarette stick that you are holding. This trick may cheat your brain, and it may gratify your urge if it does not, you can always treat yourself with a refreshing bath. Think of why you are quitting, and stay focused. Remind yourself of your objectives, and constantly repeat to yourself that you are strong enough to win this battle against smoking. Do not think that a single stick will have no effect on your struggle to stop, otherwise you might start from the very beginning again. And, do not be afraid to ask for your family's and friends' support, because in your journey to stop smoking, you need a strong support system.


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Apr 18th 2011 at 9:15 PM by nostate
Great tips. A tiny bit of sugar helps with the craving, too. See, the nicotine causes the brain to raise blood sugar levels during a smoke. It's not so much the nicotine itself we're hooked on, but the sugar.
Oct 30th 2010 at 7:42 AM by jakaroomba
This is a very interesting article and good advice. I do not know may people who managed to stop except two , my dad and I. I attribute my case to my spiritual transformation. Smoking or stopping thereof was a landmark event for me because the day I chose to follow Jesus I just stopped smoking. My former smoking friends kept on setting target dates for my return to smoking but that never happened. It has been more than twenty five years since then. I do not have a scientific explanation for it. My guess is that change of focus also helps. My Dad on the other hand stopped smoking simply because the doctor recommended he should for the sake of my asthmatic daughter who was staying with at my parents place because my wife and I were working awkward hours. He just stopped and I cannot explain that either except say you have to driven hard enough to overcome the addiction. My dad is not a sophisticated guy and never uses any chemicals except alcohol. In fact he was raised in a farm and that is where he learned all about smoking and it is traditional for young men to smoke. He just turned eighty in April 2010 and 19 years smoke free. What do you think , is it a miracle?
Sep 20th 2010 at 5:26 PM by joyee
How about taking high potency vitamins and minerals + nicotinic acid. to keep you metabolish and energy in good stage. I read that many smoker lack of nicotinic acid. And many smokers smoke to surge they energy. is this make sense? joyee

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