Cravings and understanding them

Cravings and understanding them

Looking at cravings... They really can be quite funny things; do we see them as the enemy and get all negative about them because of the way they make us feel? Or do we see them as our friend, and welcome them in when they come to visit?

At the end of the day, they wouldn't be here if we didn't stop smoking. So surely seeing them from time to time is a positive thing.... Like some people we may know though... The ones who are okay in small doses eh?!

What to do...

Read through some tips on JillyGirl's blog -'Stop the urge' and maybe even share some of your own helpful hints and tips there too.

Breathing exercise - Depending on how you breathe can determine how you are left feeling; more energised, more relaxed, happier, sometimes you can even be left feeling quite anxious if you are not breathing properly. So have a practice in learning the best technique for yourself.

Notice the time that you have the craving, has much time passed since the last one? Is it as intense? Over time you should be able to notice the longer breaks between each one.

What were you doing at the time you got the craving, is there a trigger point?

Remember, whether you smoke or not, cravings will go away. You never really notice them going, however you can be sure to know when they return.... Therefore, for them to return.... They must have gone away in the first place! Hope that makes sense

So, Friend or Foe... How do you see yours?

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  • Like this article, thanks for sharing it. Experiencing a strong craving right now but it's good to know that "this too shall pass".... holding on. Day one of not smoking and I'm trying to get through the 11am cigarette break so keeping busy with work and having a peppermint tea and big glass of water instead

  • *bump up for Bimble :-)

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