If you’re one of the 42 million people who still smoke, you more often than not find yourself in situations where you can’t light up or just don’t want to. Although no one can deny the benefits of passing up a cigarette, refraining from smoking may cause you to feel stressed, anxious and lose focus. These four things can help you get your mind off that cigarette and get your head back on track:
Snap out of it
Creating a distraction for yourself when you can’t smoke is key to staying focused. One quick, easy way to do this is to keep a rubber band around your wrist and snap it when you find yourself thinking about that cigarette. The sting will create an instant distraction and give you a moment to focus on redirecting your thoughts on something other than smoking.
The E Word
Yes, exercise! If it’s not a word in your vocabulary, you should slowly introduce it. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins to help naturally ease stress and anxiety. And remember, you don’t need to head to the gym or block out a ton of time to reap the benefits. Quick, intense bursts of exercise to occupy your mind and promote good health can do the trick. Think push-ups, jumping jacks, or a brisk walk.
Chew on this
The oral fixation associated with smoking is what many claim distracts them when they’re abstaining from cigarettes. Of course, there’s a plethora of crunchy snacks to chew on but give ice cubes or ice shavings a try. Ice gives you a substantial crunch and creates an intensely cooling sensation in your mouth. Not to mention it’s zero calories and will help keep you hydrated.
Should the aforementioned not quite do the trick, you may consider replacing your next cigarette with a nicotine-based substitute. You’ll get the nicotine you want minus the tar, tobacco, smoke or odor. One new product on the market is a nicotine tablet that dissolves under your tongue and delivers nicotine quickly — about as fast as if you had smoked a cigarette. The pill is called Nicofi and it’s so discreet it allows you to get your nicotine fast in any situation in which you’re prohibited from smoking, like flying, at work or even with family.*
No matter which method you choose, it’s important to remember that the want for a cigarette will only last about three to five minutes. For a smoker that may seem like forever, but with a proven replacement your chance of skipping that cigarette is not only possible, it is much less difficult.
*Nicofi is NOT a treatment for nicotine addiction or an aid for smoking cessation. If you smoke tobacco products, you are encouraged to stop.