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8 Easy and Effective Ways to Destroy ‘Just One Puff’ CravingHealth

8 Easy and Effective Ways to Destroy ‘Just One Puff’ Craving

A Smoking kills message during your favourite movie can be quite irritating, especially if you are a movie buff. However, the fact is smoking kills. It is bad for health and there is no way around it. Having said that, quitting smoking is not an easy task. Even tougher is to stay a non-smoker.

Smoking cessation has definitive milestones. Key ones are 72 hours to reduce nicotine levels significantly, 14 days to recover from physical withdrawal, 48 days to recover from habituation and 3 months to go to sleep without thinking of smoking.

Even a single puff is sufficient to blow your quit. So, here we ask Shelly Prakash, founder of SmokingDiet , to share some unconventional ways to quit smoking.

Suck on a drinking straw
For some smokers, ending a meal means lighting up, and the prospect of giving that up may appear daunting. Replace that moment after a meal with sucking on a drinking straw. It will keep you off smoking.

Snap your cravings away
Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it if you are considering giving in to a craving. The sting will distract you and give you a moment to remember all of the reasons why you are quitting.

Do the dishes and distract your mind
Do dishes when you crave a cigarette. Wet hand cannot hold a cigarette. The activity doesn't matter as long as it gets you off of smoking.

Learn to knit from your grandmother
Knitting is an effective and rewarding way to deal with the stress that often leads people to smoke. Research and bounds of anecdotal evidence reveals that people who learn to and knit through trying times (such as quitting smoking) have lowered stress levels.

Go for a quick work out
Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, take 5-10 pushups. Your mind and body will be diverted quickly.

Try a game of solitaire
Replace your cigarette break at work with game of solitaire on your computer. A quick gaming session keeps your mind off from nicotine.

Add ginseng powder to your breakfast
Ginseng is an effective remedy to prevent the release of dopamine, one of the main components found in nicotine.

Reward yourself
Reinforce your victories. Whenever you triumph over a craving, give yourself a reward to keep yourself motivated.

(Also read: 8 Two-Minute Activities That Will Drastically Improve Your Health)

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