Beating cravings

Most smokers get cravings.  They come from nicotine withdrawal symptoms and the loss of a strong habit - but the good news is that the worst is over after a month or so.  Here are some great ways to take your mind of cigarettes and give you a better chance of staying a non-smoker.

Avoid the stress of quitting

  • Take a break if you're feeling irritable.  Something as simple as having a drink of water or juice can help
  • Try deep breathing - and give your back, neck and arms a good stretch: all great stress-busters
  • Laughing is a great stress reducer!  Call a friend who makes you laugh, or watch a comedy DVD
  • Get some exercise if you can - walking is a great way to get moving
  • If you need to put something in your mouth, try sugar-free gum
  • If you need to do something with your hands, find something to fiddle with - like a pencil, coin or a puzzle