Many ex-smokers say quitting was the hardest thing they ever did. Yet, millions of people have been doing it and you can too. Few smokers can quit without feeling the urge or desire to smoke. The first few weeks after you quit can be the hardest as cravings can be more frequent and intense.
Why you crave Cigarettes Months After Quitting?
It is very difficult to forget smoking thoughts and urges resurface months after quitting. So, if the idea triggers your mind the first step is to learn why you feel like you need to smoke. Once you understand why you smoke, you can then easily prepare yourself you find the ways to quit. To the core, build smart quit plan to help you identify your smoking triggers, managing craving and explore different quit methods.
When Craving Triggers Your Mind?
Usually, many of the ex-smokers coined one funny phrase after quitting called “the icky threes.” Yes, the first three month is a notoriously bad time for people who decided to quit. You may often experience emotional letdown which deals with the psychological aftermath of nicotine addiction. So, don’t let your cigarettes to struck in between your hand if happens your life will get stuck with them. Be aware on it.
When You’ll Experience Craving?
Before the nicotine withdrawal, your mind and soul are fully influenced your body, and a strong focus on thoughts of smoking can bring some physical reactions. Thoughts like, sensation in throat, neck, stomach, headache, tremors and some physical symptoms. If it happens, remind yourself that you’re doing the work now to change the mental responses you have to smoke triggers, and with practice, those thoughts will fade away.
How to deal with craving?
Use Quitting products
Use some Nicotine replacement products, and prescriptions work by making cravings less strong. They work best with the correct guidance and expert advice. Make sure you don’t stop them too early.
Make your Environment Smoke-Friendly
Cravings occur most commonly in situations that remind you of smoking. You can reduce how often and how strongly cravings occur by making your environment ‘quitting friendly’. For this, try these tips- make your home and surroundings smoke-friendly; make it harder for yourself to get cigarettes; Ask others not to smoke around you; Use places where you are not allowed to smoke as ‘protection’ until the craving passes.
Use Coping Thoughts
The way you think about quitting can help you resist tempting situations. We strongly recommend some of the tips to follow. Use positive self-talk and motivate yourself as “I can quit, I shall quit, and I will quit”; Focus your mind on something else like the distraction, meditation, fantasies and more; Share your feelings with someone and set short term goal. At last, challenge your negative thoughts if you think a cigarette would be nice tell yourself “No, I’m not going to be suckered back.”