Cravings only last a few minutes, but those minutes can be tough.
Build your quit kit: Think about the kinds of cravings you experience, and collect the things you will use to help you get through each one.
Consider talking to your provider about using tobacco cessation medications such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy as tools to help you work through cravings as you stop using tobacco.
Hold a straw in your hand and breathe through it.
Play with a coin or paperclip to keep your hands busy.
Practice deep breathing to calm down or go for a walk or do some pushups to blow off steam.
Turn to friends, family, and counselors when you need someone to talk to.
Make a list of tasks that you can accomplish when a craving hits. This list can include chores, replying to emails, running errands, or planning your schedule for the next day.
Treat yourself to a different pleasure. Listen to your favorite songs, plan a movie night with friends, or save up your tobacco money for a special treat when you reach a tobacco free milestone.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as patches, gum, or lozenges, can help relieve your withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor to see which type of NRT is right for you.
To keep your energy level stable, get regular exercise and have healthy snacks throughout the day.
Make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep at night to help you from feeling slow during the day.