A Simple Trick to Quell Your Smoking Urges

Stop-SmokingSmoking is a very strong addiction. To stop smoking is very hard for most people. It is not something you will accomplish quickly.

One trick which can assist you in smoking cessation is deep breathing.

When you smoke in order to inhale you take a deeper breath to get more of the nicotine from the cigarette. When you stop smoking you resort to taking more shallow breaths.

One reason some smokers enjoy smoking is because they feel more relaxed when smoking. This is likely because of the deep breath they take when they inhale.

When you stop smoking you want to be able to recapture that relaxed feeling. Shallow breathing does not lead to this relaxed feeling, but deep breathing will give you a sense of calm.

To deep breath you want to breathe in through your nose. You want to keep inhaling through your nose until your abdomen starts to rise. (Some people place their hand on the abdomen so they can feel it rise.)

After inhaling till your abdomen rises you want to exhale through your mouth. Blow all the air out in a slow controlled manner. You may want to place your lips as if you were blowing up a balloon. It should take about twice as long to exhale the air as it did to inhale it. Some people find it easier to count. As they inhale they count 1, 2, 3, 4 and for exhaling they count 1, 2, 3, ,4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

If the weather is decent you can step outside to take your deep breaths. If not, do your deep breathing indoors. In any event when you take your deep breaths you want to either be standing or sitting up straight. Try for a series of 10 deep breaths.

dsftmimagelargeDeep breathing can help relieve some of the anxiety associated with nicotine withdrawal. Deep breathing can help relax and calm you when you feel as if you are “jumping out of your skin” from withdrawal.

The first three days are normally the hardest when you try to stop smoking and the cravings may continue to drive you crazy for two weeks or more before they become a little less worrisome.

The first few minutes of your cravings for a cigarette will be the worst. Your cravings will usually go away in about 20 minutes. Without a way to cope with the cravings you might give in to the urge to smoke. Instead do your deep breathing.

Eventually the urge to smoke will get less and less. You will not become a non-smoker quickly. It takes most people many months before they completely lose the smoking urge. Many people have tried many, many times to quit before they are actually able to accomplish it and free themselves from a smoking addiction.

In addition to deep breathing there are some additional activities that will help occupy you so you don’t smoke.

You might try drinking a glass of water since the water may calm you. Forget drinking coffee or something with caffeine since it will not help. Chewing gum, especially cinnamon gum, may help quell cravings. Get some exercise, go to a movie, or call a friend.

Ending your smoking addiction will not be easy, but it will be worth it in the end. You will be healthier after you stop smoking.