How To Overcome The Smoking Urges
The first thing you should know about is yourself. When do you crave for cigarettes? This is very important because knowing when you go for cigarettes could tell a lot about your addiction. It is possible that if you are not able to control the urges well, you may be too addicted to the cigarettes already. Try to track in a diary your smoking to see if there is a pattern. Take down the time, the event and the amount of cigarettes you have been smoking. Try to be as detailed as possible. This will give you answers as far as what events trigger you to smoke. The information that you are able to get gives you the edge on how to control your urges in the future.
Plan a start date
The start date is when you change your life for the better. It is important to prepare yourself and your mind for the eventual change that will happen. This would be the start for a life without tobacco, without nicotine. Before planning a start date you need to first prepare yourself from the inevitable. You need to anticipate that along the way you will get irritated, frustrated and anxious. It is normal and part of the game. Be sure that you are able to stay away from people that can drag you back into the addiction. Be aware that the cravings will not last more than 12 minutes. Learn how to do distract yourself from the cravings and urges when the time comes. This is all part of the strategy prior to your start date.
Stay away from bad influence
Let it be told, bad company corrupts character and your quitting goal. It is important that you stay away from smokers. Especially going out to places where smoking is allowed. If you need to be with them make sure that everyone is not allowed to smoke to resist the temptation. The triggers can be overwhelming and before you know it you’re reaching for a piece of cigarette and lighting it up. Bad, bad move, pal. Instead, carefully and politely ease your way from their company so you will not be tempted to go back to smoking.
Exercise a lot more
Run, walk, jump or ride a bike, just do anything to get some exercise. Exercise allows the body to release endorphins which acts like a natural painkiller. This is an effective replacement to the lost nicotine that replaces the dopamine in lighting up the pleasure centers of the brain. If you exercise more often, it will not only give you a natural high but also keep your weight down and your body fitter.
Eat better food
There are certain foods that you need to avoid during your run up towards quitting tobacco. Research shows that alcohol and meat are the most notorious since these foods make tobacco taste better. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables help smokers to make tobacco taste palatable.
Quitting is by no means easy but not impossible. You can do it. But success really depends on how committed you are and how dedicated you can be. It is important to plan and to stick to the plan no matter what.