Freedom's Best Crave Coping Tips !

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22 Jan 2002, 13:47 #31

If all else fails, I just hold on until it's time to go to bed. Once in bed and sleeping I don't have anything to worry about because that is 8 hours of not smoking in the bag, no problem!!! Didn't even have to try to not smoke for that 8 hours.

Good Times
Jerm
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23 Jan 2002, 22:06 #32

Thank you for the tip John. I feel so good! Today is day 7. I have never had such resolve about anything in my life. I believe the reason is, I feel I am saving my life --- Literally. I am really looking so forward to the day that cigs do not pop into my head every 30 minutes. But the crave only last a minute. I have been taking deep breaths and blowing the hair out my mouth. This seems to always work. Hang in there everyone, and never take another puff. Have a great smoke free day.

Jay Girl
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24 Jan 2002, 14:24 #33

Aha! I wondered what ever happened to my little list of relaxation / crave coping techniques. Knew it must have gotten moved, but never knew where to until now. ANYhoo, I'll add the following:

Sometimes a crave can become worse when I let it frighten me. If I turn away from it, and fear it's power. Because, at the end of the day, I think when you do this, you give power to the crave. A crave often ISN'T really that powerful, if you have the courage to stare it down.

Acknowledge it. Set it down in front of you. Ask yourself, what is this really? Do I really CRAVE a cigarette? Or is this just anxiety, and I remember how anxiety used to cause my nicotine level to drop, and how feeding my body more nicotine used to offset the withdrawals? How long is this lasting? Heck, count the seconds. 1...2....3....4...28...29.....am I still feeling like I was 30 seconds ago? Is it better? Worse? If I simply denied it, would it still be here in 5 minutes? How strong is it? If I rate this feeling, at this second, how does it compare with the one I had yesterday at 2pm on a 1-10 scale? How many 10s have I had over the past 24 hours. What other answers can I come up with to deal with this anxiety attack, if that's what it is?

What I tend to discover is that it's not as bad as my junky wants to pretend it is. It doesn't last as long as my junky wants to pretend it's going to. And, when I really think about it, I DON'T WANT TO SMOKE; but my junky remembers that that alleviated a different kind of anxiety before, and hasn't learned that anxiety comes from all different types of places (not just nicotine withdrawal), and that there are other ways to deal with this anxiety.

Nicotine's effect on withdrawal is like the effect you have when you put a large log on a campfire. When you first put the log on, the fire dims, and smolders. But a few minutes later, it's raging again. Logs don't put out fires -- they feed them -- ditto nicotine and withdrawal.

Okay, enough of this. I can see I'm starting to go off on tangents again....
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21 Feb 2002, 12:02 #34

for our newbies......read earlier where someone suggested toothpicks. Toothpicks are the leading cause of choking. careful!!
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13 Mar 2002, 05:31 #35

As I have stated in a couple of my posts my quit this time has been very easy for me. I did have some cravings but not the ones I had anticipated prior in my mind. None the less I did have cravings but not as many or not as intense as most experience. A few come to my mind, mostly within the first week or so that were intense enough for me to remember.

Getting to the point, (something I haven't mastered my whole life) I would use my mind to create an atmosphere that was pleasant for me, where I never smoked. In my mind I would re-live that experience from the start to however long my crave went. My favorite pastime is Fly Fishing for Steelhead. These fish can exceed 20-30 pounds. They are nothing but rainbow trout that migrate to the ocean after a couple years in the rivers and spend 2 or 3 years in the ocean and come back to the rivers to spawn. Since I know exactly how these fish take a fly, I would imagine my line shooting out in the current, mending the line once and steering my line through the drift. Towards the end of the drift as the fly starts to slow and just kind of hang there I feel the tug of a fish taking the fly. This can be as gentle as could be or very aggressive. My line would tighten and this large fish would drift to the surface, not sure what was happening to it. As it realized it was not free anymore it would begin its struggle to set itself free. There is nothing in the world that compares to the fight of one of these fish. I would feel every run, visualize every jump and splash. To land one of these fish usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes or so. I visualized landing this creature and slipping the hook from its mouth. I would admire its beauty and let it slip from my hand back into the depths of the river where it emerged from.

This type of mental relaxation worked for me every time. Possibly it may help someone the same as me. Let me know sometime.

Roger

Loving my quit more and more each passing day.

I have chosen not to smoke for
2 Months 1 Week 5 Days 13 Hours 29 Minutes 57 Seconds.
Cigarettes not smoked: 2862. Money saved: $466.59.
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13 Mar 2002, 08:42 #36

I find I can kind of 'relax' into a crave - don't quite know how to describe it...kind of like smiling right in it's face!! Maybe I should try that fishing one - this is for Roger and John..
Ingrid
2 Months 1 Week 4 Days 20 Hours 9 Minutes 54 Seconds.
Money saved NZ$1,505.35. Cigarettes not smoked 3542. Self esteem 100%
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23 Mar 2002, 08:57 #37

This is for Jebels, and since I am here I will post my favorite tips also...

I am still 'forgetting' I quit... It usually only takes a reminder to myself (and I make sure this reminder does not become a debate, I keep it an affirmation!)



If a quick reminder does not work, I go outside and scream as loud as I can for as long as I can and when I am done I feel out of breath, light headed and my throat is sore... just like if I had smoked a cigarette! Of course this is without any of the long term effects. (I live in the country where no one will call the police because of blood curdling screams coming from a neighbors house every 30 minutes or so : ).



One of my favorite ways to deal with a crave is to take a deep whiff off my clothes and smell the springy freshness... (this is not quite as noticeable to the neighbors, and does not wear a person out after the fourth or fifth time in a day!) (I read this off another post and thought it was a great idea!)



Rachel
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23 Mar 2002, 09:17 #38

I just incorporated a new technique yesterday that really seems to help me. When I'm driving and see another smoker which I now seem so much more aware of, I take a deep breath and say "Ahhhh much better" The fresh air, even if I'm behind a bus is so much better than the carbon monoxide. nicotine and all the other garbage I was putting in before. Simple but effective for me.
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12 Jun 2002, 01:50 #39

This may seem a little strange but when I start getting a little crave I remember
a insentdent that I witnessed when I was 1 week smoke free; My wife and I were
sitting in a resturant in the no smoking section. I looked out the window and across the street is a sandwich shop. As I was looking a young women came out looking like she worked there. (she had on an apron) She proceeded to light up a smoke.
She must have stood out there for 5min. when a person I think was her boss comes out and pointed at the cigerette talking too her. She throws down the smoke and angrly starts walking back into the building!
Her boss pointed at her and then at the ground said something to her, then she bent over and picked up her butt she threw down by the door, and walked inside.
About 15 minutes she came back out and had her jacket on with her purse in her hand and walked off mad!
I told my wife she probely got fired for smoking on the job. Thats when I told my wife how insane it was to do that when you know its against the rules! She looked at me and said "Theres no doubt in my mind, that would have been you a week ago!"
I looked at her and smiled! What I wouldn't do to feed my addiction!!
Rick


I have chosen not to smoke for 1 Month 1 Week 3 Hours 38 Minutes 7 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 2403. Money saved: $359.33.
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12 Jun 2002, 02:38 #40

Hi John...

My Techniques for Coping when that Crave Comes Along???

O.K... Here we go...

Rub-offs like Crosswords, Crossword Puzzles, Playing games in the internet, bingo, any kind of game to keep my mind off of things...




Watching TV... Always Deverts my mind...

Judy

(7+ weeks)
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23 Sep 2002, 12:14 #41

Hi,

The best tip I have so far to cope with cravings is to write about it and read post and articles that make you understand how the addiction works and the symptoms and so on.

But when I cannot read or write, I try using my mind as time machine: I go back and forward in time.

NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF! also helps me.

See you
just
Quit for: 3 Days 14 Hours 43 Minutes 36 Seconds. I have NOT smoked 65 cigarettes, for a savings of €16.65. Life Saved: 5 Hours 25 Minutes.
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30 Sep 2002, 14:52 #42

This is really the core of success in quitting smoking:

Never take another puff!!

It looks too simple, but it is the only rule that will allow you to beat nicotine addiction.

Yesterday I was in Paris, beautiful city in its complex architecture. I was going to enter in that bistrot and have a drink just before getting on the bus. The bistrot was populated by smokers of any kind: cigarettes, cigars or pipe.
My first reaction was: I am not going in there!
Then I decide to sit at a table outside the bistrot.

I was still a bit concerned by all the smokers inside and outside the bistrot. Ordered a soft drink and spend a few minutes admiring the buildings sorrounding the square.
When I left, I was to the number of cigarettes I would smoked if I was sitting at that table just a couple of weeks before.
This time I had none, even though smokers were around me.
NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF is the rule and this will set you FREE.
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16 Oct 2002, 01:27 #43

Hello Rose:

Sunflower seeds are not that particularly low in calories. One ounce worth which can easily be eaten in a serving would be 162 calories. Lets day you "treat" yourself to one serving a day at one ounce each as a kind of crutch replacement to quitting smoking. In one month you would have consumed 4,860 extra calories which will translate to almost 1.4 pounds of fat. In one year this replacement behavior if not stopped would translate to over 16 pounds of extra fat. Be careful with food as a substituted behavior, no matter how natural the food may be.
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21 Oct 2002, 05:14 #44

I still consider myself new at my quit sence Ive only been off nicotine 6 weeks, when I first stoped smoking I wasen't one who had alot of cravings ..the withdrawls were mild and now I have very,very few, Infact I cant think of any Ive had today , anyway, back to ways to get through cravings. at first when I did expereance some the best thing I did for myself was take a deep breaths and exhale slowley, it sure helped me. Billie
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21 Oct 2002, 08:50 #45

I don't think I have ever replied to this thread. If I have or if this trick is already in here somewhere, it bears repeating anyway. My wife has a ten-year old cocker spaniel. In the early days of my quit, I would sit with the dog in my lap and rub its head.

I'm talking for hours. I purt near rubbed the hide off that old dog in the first couple of weeks. She must have liked it, though. Didn't complain much. Petting an animal is very calming. Try it for your next crave. It's also low-calorie. :-)

Dave
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26 Sep 2003, 04:37 #46

Hi - Gina here. I'm SUCH a newbie it's unbelieveable BUT - what I've been doing, today and yesterday, because I get cravings ALL the time at this point, I do one of two things, I'll either take a bath, I have this aromatherapy stuff for my bath and I'll sit there and I have a motivational CD on quitting smoking I'll listen to why bathing OR if I don't have time for the bath, I'll grab one of my kids, (they're so cute!!!) and sit and kiss and hug and squeeze them for definitely more than 3 minutes. If the craving is REALLY bad, I'll do both!!!!!

Nicotine Free for 4 days 18 hours 30 minutes......
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19 Oct 2003, 09:17 #47

I have really hard time in the car so I keep a wad of silly putty in the ashtray of my car. When I get a craving I grab the silly putty and just work it with my hands. Believe it or not it's very relaxing and and helps take your mind off your crave.

I have chosen not to smoke for 2 Weeks 14 Hours 41 Minutes 52 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 511. Money saved: $115.07.
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19 Oct 2003, 12:10 #48

The thing that work best for me and why I think they do:

1. HAVE A DEEP BREATH. Produces a natural reward feeling and remembers me my lungs. As Joel has said, this one is the only we always will have at hand.

2. DRINK A GLASS OF WATER. Produces a natural reward feeling and remembers me of my digestive system.


Vito
1M 2W 4D 1H 3Mns
Saved to date: $144.10
Cigs not smoked: 1201
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29 Oct 2003, 22:46 #49

Wheneve I sense a crave I use this simple but effective (with me) system , I hope I can help you too.
In my mind I count how many stinksikarettes I would have smoked today starting from the first one at 8:00 just out of bed, the second at 8:15 with my cappuccino, the third at 8:30 checking my e-mail, the fourth at 9:00 walking to the station, the fifth at 9:20 while waiting for the train, the sixth at 10:00 when I get off the train .......
by 12:00 O`clock I am SO Happy I QUITand do not need to TAKE ANOTHER PUFF EVER AGAIN!
Ryuerik
Free and Healing for Nine Days, 7 Hours and 44 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 19 Hours, by avoiding the use of 233 filthy stinksikarettes and depriving the tobacco company`s and the tax office of 3.147,64 JPY.
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27 Nov 2003, 02:44 #50

I'm a newbie so not all that ready to be giving instead of receiving advice but I picked a song, Walk On by U2 and if I'm home or in the car I pop it in a sing it as loud as I possibly can (which I can do better now) and repeat if I feel necessary. Pick an anthem and use it!
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05 Jan 2004, 23:21 #51

Congratulations to alll of our newbies for making the decision to TAKE YOUR LIVES BACK! And thank you all for reminding me what it felt like to be in the first week of withdrawal. I sure as heck NEVER want to go back to that! Here's a thread I thought you might enjoy...please feel free to add YOUR tips for meeting, greeting, and defeating those craves!

I know when I first started this battle I kept a rubber band around my wrist. Whenever the crave hit really hard, I would twist this band around in my fingers to help with that "I need to do something with my hands" feeling. Remember, celebrate your victories...and every crave beaten is a victory!

YQS-

Lotus~ 468 Days
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08 Jan 2004, 03:51 #52

Hi friends,

I am a newbie, but I have found a wierd thing that works for me.

I keep a small container of my favorite hand/body lotion in my fanny pack. (I have room for that now, because I'm not trying to jam in a packet of cigarettes!).

When I am visiting friends or family and I feel a craving, I pull my little container out and put some on my hands. I think this works for me because I like the smell. It's such a treat not to smell smokey hands.

I've been free for 1 week, 3 days, and nearly 2 hours. I'll NEVER take another puff!
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22 Jan 2004, 01:11 #53

My favorite smoke of the day was always the one that I had when I first woke up. I would roll over, turn off the alarm, turn on the news and light a cig. I'd spend some time coughing up the **** that my lungs had cleaned out overnight and smoke my cig. My hubby would do the same and we would not speak or get near each other while we went through this routine.

Now that we both have quit, we roll over stretch and take a deep breath, turn on the news and snuggle while we wake up. So, I guess my coping tip is to spend some time close and snuggling with someone you love and enjoy the fact that you will be able to snuggle that much longer since you have added time to your life.

Kelly - Free and Healing for Nine Days, 5 Hours and 5 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 15 Hours, by not smoking 184 cigarettes that would have cost me $30.50.
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23 Jan 2004, 05:39 #54

I'm sure this one is listed somewhere, but I like to take a brisk walk. I'm fortunate in that the company I work for has literally miles of hallways. When cravings hit, sometimes I'll just get up and go for a walk. If it's nice outside, I'll go for a walk outside. Stairs would probably work too, but we don't have any long flights of those in this building.

One other that I can think of that really works - coming here and reading. But then, if you're reading this, you already know that. ;)
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23 Jan 2004, 12:04 #55

There are several things that help me during a crave. Thankfully these are happening less often and are much less intense. One thing I do is wash my hands. For some reason that helps. If I am not where I can wash my hands, I have some great smelling lotion I put on. I like the smell and it gives me something to do. Shower definitely help a lot. I'm sure I could come up with more, but those are the main ones I have used almost daily to get me to this point. Hope that helps.

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Lady H
Happily healing and smoke free for Two weeks, three days, 23 hours, 32 minutes and 10 seconds. 719 cigarettes not smoked, saving $71.92. Life saved: 2 days, 11 hours, 55 minutes. 
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