14 Things You Can DO to Cope with Cravings

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Researchers have compared successful and unsuccessful quitters to find out what makes them different. So what do they do differently? Successful quitters use coping skills—things you can do to get your mind off the urge to smoke—to deal with cravings.

Here are 14 things to try when a craving hits:

  1. Walk away to put space between you and the trigger

  2. Call a friend

  3. Play peek-a-boo with your baby

  4. Get your body moving by dancing or taking a walk

  5. Take a nap

  6. Do yoga

  7. Close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths

  8. Read a book to your kid

  9. Brush your teeth

  10. Chew gum or some veggies

  11. Keep your hands busy with cards, a rubber band, or doodling

  12. Go to a park with your kid for some playtime

  13. Drink water

  14. Tell yourself N.O.P.E (Not One Puff Ever!)

It doesn’t matter which strategy you use, just as long as you use coping skills to deal with cravings. Quitting is a learning process, so figure out which of these strategies works best for you. 

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