How do you deal with the cravings/urges?

How do you deal with the cravings and urges? I know we all know the usual tips (drink water, chew something, go for a walk etc) - is there anything our of the "ordinary" or special any of you have found works for you?

I found a technique that works for me so far. When I get the "thought of one" I found that looking at a picture of my son (if he is not around!) helps a lot as I could not justify giving in to the crave to him or justify smoking full stop - so I have sevral pictures in my handbag, at the office, as screensavers on my blackberry - everywhere - I then engage in a mental dialogue with him rather than with the voice. I does not always entirely get rid of the thought but really helps in my determination to wait until it passes.

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  • Hi Cat, cant help you there I'm afraid. Not quite worked that one out yet. lol. Will have a crack at yours though. :D

  • mmmmmmmm just chocolate!!

  • Just off for a lovely cigarette.

    That'll be one of the ones from the chocolate smoking set.

    Remember them..?

    Sorry, but i'm a child of the sixties.

    The chocolate was always gritty wasn't it..? :D

  • How to get over cravings?

    Remind myself how sad and pathetic smoking really is:

    Remind myself that:

    smoking meant going outside in all weather

    smoking meant that I earnt £170/month less than a non smoker

    smoking meant that I stink of tobacco, my car stinks of tobacco

    smoking means paying more for life insurance

    smoking means I will die younger

    smoking means I will be denied surgery that I will soon need

    This list is not exhaustive ;)

    Apart from that chocolate :D

    Izzy.

    Quit for three weeks, five days, 13 hours, 21 minutes and 18 seconds. 531 cigarettes not smoked, saving £146.06. Life saved: 1 day, 20 hours, 15 minutes.

  • Im not craving anymore (only been the last 2 days so time will tell!) but fingers crossed!!! but at the moment i am chewing gum and avoiding any places/situations where your most likey would have had a fag helps for me i was smoking when i got in from work so i pretty much spent anytime i could going out to friends or my boyfirends for tea and gettin bk to go to bed keeping my smoking room door locked!!! ha ha ha!!! good luck =)

  • gotta admit..this champix has worked wonders.. i,ve had no "real" cravings ( unlike last time)

    i ,m still working on the "habit" bit tho.. after a meal etc..

    but it is funny now, when my mates come back in from the wet and cold ( ala tonight) and i,m still indoors all dry and warm..

    plus i have the added win that i,m the only fella left indoors with the girls, when all and sundrie pop out for a fag. BONUS :D:D:D

    keep at it all, any advice is good advice..

    (unless you happen to be a retard that wants to ruin every-ones day.. you know who you are.. yeah you.. named after a MUPPET !! ) ..

    james

  • gotta admit..this champix has worked wonders.. i,ve had no "real" cravings ( unlike last time)

    i ,m still working on the "habit" bit tho.. after a meal etc..

    but it is funny now, when my mates come back in from the wet and cold ( ala tonight) and i,m still indoors all dry and warm..

    plus i have the added win that i,m the only fella left indoors with the girls, when all and sundrie pop out for a fag. BONUS :D:D:D

    keep at it all, any advice is good advice..

    (unless you happen to be a retard that wants to ruin every-ones day.. you know who you are.. yeah you.. named after a MUPPET !! ) ..

    james

    Named after a muppet :D Ohh James that made me laugh

  • well he is !! aint gonzo one of the muppet,s??? :D

    i4.photobucket.com/albums/y...

    yep.. and it sounds like mr 66 is also a muppet. :D

    james xx

    ( up the irons flippy) :D

  • breathe deep

    I was on 40 a day for 40 years.

    I quit 2 months ago on champix. now on half a tab a day Smoke free, just about to stop taking it.

    Take a deep breath instead of a puff. that is the best way to deal with the cravings. IMHO.

    It has to be a real deep one into the abdomen or it don't work. Give them lungs a real treat. :rolleyes:

  • Beat the Cravings

    Hello

    I find that when you get a craving if you have a game of say literati, pool, or back gammon on yahoo games, takes your mind of it and also gives the craving time to pass. Hope this helps someone. :)

    lizzie - newby

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