Story #6: “Staying quit for my loved ones.”
Story #6: When my wife became pregnant, I decided to quit smoking. I’m proud of myself for quitting, but recently my tobacco cravings are making me second guess my decision. When I feel the urge to smoke, it’s the only thing I can think about, but I really want to stay quit. How can I fight these tobacco cravings to stay healthy for myself and my family?
- Write down your successes. You’ve successfully quit, so something you’re doing is working! What are some things you’ve done to fight cravings so far? Write those victories down, because you’ve come this far and that is something to celebrate!
- Jot down a few ideas to distract yourself. Find ways to refocus your energy when you feel a craving coming on, such as:
- Playing with your child or spending time with your family to remember exactly why you quit
- Trying an activity with your hands like crafting or woodworking
- Snack on something healthy
- Taking a walk with a friend or family member
- Pinpoint your triggers. Cravings may result from triggers, so make sure you know your tobacco triggers and ways to avoid them as best as you can.
- Power through. Cravings only last about five to 10 minutes, so remind yourself that you can do anything for five to 10 minutes!