to Deal with Cravings [ STEP 4 ]
to smoke and withdrawal symptoms are a normal, temporary
part of the quitting process. Focus on the
fact that these
are "recovery symptoms" and they'll soon be
Remember, if you don't give in and smoke, you won't ever
have to experience them again!
FOR THESE SYMPTOMS, JUST TRY...
SYMPTOM: The urge to smoke, strong
yourself that the urge will pass in three to five minutes.
by doing something else.
SYMPTOM: Feeling irritable, tense,
TRY: Take a break. Walk away from the situation. Deep
breathing or a brisk
SYMPTOM: Trouble concentrating
TRY: Break up large projects into
smaller ones. Look for ways to take short
SYMPTOM: Extra energy, restlessness
TRY: You body is rebounding. Use
this extra energy for things you have
been putting off.
TRY: Take a walk
to get some fresh air or take a catnap.
SYMPTOM: Trouble sleeping at night
TRY: Try deep breathing and avoid
drinks with caffeine. Take
a brisk walk.
SYMPTOM: Constipation and irregularity
TRY: Add fiber to your diet (fruits,
6 to 8
glasses of water
TRY: This is a good
sign! Your lungs are working to clear
drops on hand.
TRY: Your body is adjusting
to being nicotine-free. Try
SYMPTOM: Hunger and craving for sweets
TRY: These reactions are normal.
Reach for a
low calorie snack
or low sugar
Some of the many lasting
positive signs of recovery
- Brighter skin
- A better
sense of taste and smell
- Lower heart rate and blood
- More energy
- Reduced sinus problems
- Feelings of pride and accomplishment