For many smokers, having a cigarette after a meal is standard. Follow these tips to get through those after-dinner cigarette cravings.
1. Chew gum
Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can be highly effective at reducing cravings for a cigarette. The chewing action keeps your mouth busy and helps fight nicotine withdrawal. Also, since the average person gains a few pounds after cutting back, chewing sugar-free gum can also act as a low-calorie distraction.
2. Eat raw fruits and vegetables
Like sugar-free gum, eating a small amount of fruits and raw vegetables can help reduce cravings and limit weight gain.
3. Take deep breaths
Taking deep breaths can help you relax and keep your mind focused. After cleaning the table and washing the dishes, find a quiet spot where you can relax, breathe deeply and count each breath. Your heart rate should slow down and you should feel calmer. Keep a rhythm. Do this 10 times and you should feel a distinct difference.
4. Take 15
Wait 15 minutes for the cigarette craving to pass. Read a book, listen to music, scan your favourite blogs for interesting articles to read, play a game on your phone, text a friend, or go for a short walk. Since a craving typically only lasts a few minutes, it’ll be gone before you know it.