15 Tactics On How To Outsmart The Need Of Cigarettes
“I’m not smoking, starting next month”, “I’m tossing the cigarettes out on Monday”, “I’m just going to finish this box and that’s it”…. It’s safe to say that almost every smoker ever has tried to save themselves from the nicotine addiction at least once, and most of them would agree – giving up on cigarettes is hard. Unfortunately there isn’t a magical method to easily quit smoking, but the fact is that the need loses Its intensity with every ignoring on your behalf.
Every time you resist the temptation to have a “last” smoke you are one step closer to completely release yourself from this curse. The wish for nicotine is the most intensive 3-5 minutes after its appearance, therefore it is required for you to find an activity which will draw your attention and will keep your hands busy until it completely passes (for about 10-20 minutes).
Instead of reaching for a box of cigarettes to feed your nicotine demon, outsmart the wish for cigarettes in these ways:
- Give yourself a manicure. The smell of nail polish will draw your attention from the cigarettes. Painting your nails will not only keep your hand busy, but it will also stop you from getting a cigarette after you are done. You wouldn’t want to ruin a new manicure just to get a cigarette out of the box right?
- Count the money saved from not buying cigarettes. Gather the saved money of every not purchased box of cigarettes aside. When the need kicks in, count them. That will motivate you to not go back to your old habits which will only empty your wallet. Or, reward yourself with a new piece of clothing which will remind you of your success every time you wear it.
- Give up on the habits you did alongside smoking. You always had a cigarette with your coffee or you reached for the box after your first sip of wine? Avoid the habits that remind you of the “delicious” taste of cigarettes in the beginning. Drink your coffee in no smoking zones. At least in the first few days, avoid the alcohol in order to not fall under temptation to combine it with “just one last cigarette”.
- Play Sudoku or solve a crossword puzzle. The brain activity will distract your thoughts from the need for a new dose of nicotine, and the holding of a pen is an excellent substitute for the old habit of holding a cigarette in-between your fingers.
- Sing a song. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a singing voice, just do it. Singing increases the oxygen flow in the lungs and relaxes you. You are able to fight the need of nicotine if you are in a relaxed state.
- Eat some sunflower seeds. It will occupy both your mouth and hands at the same time. Unlike the sweet things, the salt gives cigarettes a very bad taste.
- Have a warm shower. The warmth of the shower will relax you. And by the time you get out of the shower the need for cigarettes will be gone.
- Go to sleep. Maybe you will feel a bit lazy, but sleeping can be your greatest ally while you are trying to quit smoking, especially in the first few days. Regardless of how much of a passionate smoker you were, the fact is you can’t smoke while you sleep.
- Imagine yourself as a non-smoker. Sometimes your brain is your worst enemy. You should never think of a picture of you enjoying cigarettes. Instead, imagine that you are smoking the worst cigarette ever. Don’t think like a smoker while you are stressed, saying “I need to smoke in order to calm down”. You are stressed? Go for a walk or have a good workout.
- Play a video game. Video games are a great way to relax and take your mind of the bad habits. It’s enough for you to pass a level in Super Mario for the need for cigarettes to be completely gone. You should pick a game that requires the use of both hands.
- Call a positive friend. The need for cigarettes usually occurs when we are sad and stressed. Listening to a pleasant voice coming from a positive friend will improve your mood and keep you away from cigarettes. It is very important to know that you are not alone while battling the nicotine addiction.
- Think of all the people you would disappoint. Saying the sentence “I quit smoking” is great news for those around you. Your husband, kids and parents will be proud of you for finally quitting. When you feel the need to have a cigarette, think of how disappointed they will be and you probably give up on your intentions.
- When you are in a café with your friends, sit inside instead of outside. When you are out in the open there is nothing that will stand in your way of having a cigarette. There is a bigger chance to refuse the need for cigarettes if you need to go through the huge crowd of people in order to get to the exit.
- Floss your teeth or use a mint mouthwash. Whenever you want to have a cigarette, rinse your teeth with a mint mouthwash. The mint will drive you away from the idea of having a smoke. Flossing your teeth is also a good tactic. The detailed cleaning will consume enough time for you to forget about the cigarettes.
- Advise a person dealing with the same issue. When you tell other that they are strong and that they can get through it, you are basically saying the same thing to yourself.