Quitting smoking is hard. Nobody has ever really had an easy time with it. Sometimes, though, it can be harder for some than for others. Especially when cravings hit.
This FitPerezcious reader is experiencing just that:
So its been 2 months since quitting and I am STILL craving when the hell does this stop? I need to take something or do something to help.
Luckily, we have Craig Nabat here to give some advice, because he's an expert on this subject:
Attempt to regularly exercise a minimum of 3 times weekly. Transfer your desires to something that will be more positive for you. The thoughts of smoking will diminish by doing this. Please understand what you are experiencing, once the nicotine has left your system, you will no longer have physical cravings for cigarettes. After the first 10 days most of the cigarette’s toxins have completely left your system.
You are experiencing psychological or habitual aspects related to nicotine addiction. It can take some former smokers up to a year to mentally dissociate themselves from being a smoker. Are you associating often with smokers still? If so, this can be a cruel trick you can play on yourself while quitting, because it is a constant reminder of smoking. People smoke because it gives them momentary pleasure; hanging with smokers can cause you to think about smoking far more often than you would if lit cigarettes weren’t around you.
Just don’t make the mistake of giving into momentary pleasure thinking you can smoke one cigarette to overcome your psychological cravings. Nine of out ten times the smoker will return to their same amount of usage as when they first quit. Stay strong!
Yeah! Stay strong!
And the exercise tip is a great one: replace a bad habit with a good habit!
Thanks for the info, Craig!
For more tips to quit smoking, feel free to tweet Craig questions @freedomlaser or write to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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