Stopping cravings is sometimes a huge issue when it comes to tobacco users. While addictions and cravings are difficult to deal with and may have consequences on your health, they can be controlled and stopped with the right kind of practices. Take a look below to find out some practices that can help you to stop your smoking cravings.
Nicotine Replacement Treatment
Nicotine replacement treatment is one of the main ways that helps to control tobacco cravings. This is something you can consult your doctor about. The kind of options include Over-the-counter nicotine patches, prescription nicotine in a nasal spray or inhaler, gum and lozenges and Prescription non-nicotine stop-smoking medicines such as bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix).
Avoid Triggering Situations
Avoid the instances that would trigger your cravings. This may include events like parties or bars but may also be everyday things such as stress and anxiety. You can avoid parties and bars until you feel more in control of your cravings. When you are stressed find a different form of outlet such as working out, walking or jogging, finding a past time activity like baking or meditation.
Replacing tobacco with something else that you can consume is a good way of managing your control. This might include things such as sugarless gum, hard candy or even things you find in your kitchen easily like celery or nuts. Cannabidiol is something else you can try. It will help you with the symptoms that start when you stop smoking. Cannabidiol or CBD oil is the easiest way to stop smoking and you can use them without the risk of getting high.
When you are getting a craving, try delaying it. Distract yourself with another activity for five minutes. Then try extending it to ten minutes. Don’t fall into the old trick of ‘have just one’ because this might risk in a relapse. Instead, you can go out and take a walk, distract yourself from that craving or even go to a public place where smoking is not allowed.
Physical activities such as walking, jogging or working our helps with the craving, but these are not always possible to do if you are at work. Some of the things you can try out while stuck at a place are squats, moving up and down the stairs for a while, deep knee bends or running in place. You can also focus on the other work and responsibilities. Use that time to organize your work table or clean your house.
Relaxation techniques will help you to forget your cravings and manage the anxiousness that comes with it. Deep breathing exercises, yoga, massage or listening to calming music are some of the techniques you can try. These techniques are also helpful when facing the symptoms of giving up tobacco after an addictive period.
Tobacco cravings are not something that is unstoppable. Have courage and follow these options. Once you have practiced them for a while or established a routine you can easily control your urges. Remember to get help from loved ones when necessary too.