10 things to do besides smoking
While most people may recognize that quitting smoking can have an immediate positive impact on health, stopping the habit is oftentimes easier said than done. Withdrawals do not make it easy, and according to the American Cancer Society, smoking often becomes linked with daily habits – waking up in the morning, eating, reading, watching TV, drinking coffee – which means it takes time to “un-link” smoking from these activities. To provide support during this time, Sentara Health & Preventive Services has compiled a list of 10 activities that can help when the cravings come:
- Recognize that you are having a craving for nicotine.
- Take a few deep breaths and remember your determination to be free from cigarettes.
- Think of your most important reason to quit smoking and say it out loud.
- Immediately turn your attention to something else. Remember that the craving will only last 4-6 minutes and will go away whether you smoke or not.
- Don't feel sorry for yourself. It is the people who are still smoking that should be pitied. Feel proud that you were strong enough to follow a program and stop smoking.
- Do something with your hands. Keep your hands and mind busy.
- Curb the use of alcohol and caffeine.
- Live one day at a time. Concentrate on getting through today without smoking. Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.
- Go places that you cannot smoke, like the movies or a non-smoker's house.
- Reward yourself as often as possible.
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