Cravings - Friend or Foe... How do you see yours?

Cravings - Friend or Foe... How do you see yours?

Cravings - Friend or Foe... How do you see yours?

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 visiting?

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 exercises - 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 :0)

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

Here's a link to an older blog I wrote up some time ago, it may help you to remember that what you are thinking is normal;


3 Replies

  • I personally see cravings as the bane of my life at the moment. Without them I would no longer be an addict and could get on with my life and put smoking firmly behind me for ever. They're certainly not the kind of friend that's OK in small doses but more the kind of friend you would hide behind the sofa from if they came knocking on your door. I don't see how cravings are proof that you're recovering either. My husband gave up smoking 10 years ago. He reckons it takes a good six months for the desire to smoke to go away. He gave up cold turkey but on occasion used to apparently sneak the odd cigarette of mine while I was at work. Once I stop getting cravings then I will consider myself to be a non smoker and no longer addicted so basically they're kind of the be all and end all of smoking, at least in my book anyway.

  • Yep, I agree, once the cravings stop I will be one happy woman. 10 weeks now but still think of the evil weed, it creeps up on me when I least expect it. I am telling myself that at three months weed free everything will change and I will be free at last.

  • Bumped up for Animac :-)

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