Tips to Fight Nicotine Cravings

One of the hardest things about trying to quit smoking is trying to overcome the addiction to nicotine.
There are many tested methods you can try. The first is to use a nicotine replacement system.
These are popular because they help you withdraw slowly by keeping a consistent amount of nicotine in
your blood stream. This amount will be lower than what you are taking in by smoking and will gradually
decrease over a given time period.

These nicotine replacement therapies are the nicotine patches or gum that you will see sold at your local drug store. While these can be effective some consider it counterproductive to use nicotine to replace a nicotine addition. For these there are other options available. Some people have found hypnosis to be very effective.
This works by having a professional hypnotist put you into a deep state of relaxation. It is in this state that
suggestions can be made to the subconscious mind that will tell your mind that you no longer crave nicotine.

If you can not afford the price of a hypnotist there are several c.d.s available that will work on the same principal.
Another popular alternative is the use of acupressure or acupuncture. This works by application of a firm consistent amount of pressure to areas of the body that are associated with nicotine craving.

There are also prescriptions to help you fight nicotine cravings if you have not had any lasting results
with other methods. As with any drug you must talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of these medications.
Some people will have a problem with gaining weight when they are trying to cope with nicotine cravings
since they will try to replace the oral gratification of smoking with that of eating. Where it is helpful to keep some hard candy around to pop in your mouth when you are craving nicotine do not over eat.

The actual time that you crave nicotine only last about seven to ten minutes, so if you can exercise or
do something creative to distract yourself for awhile you will have a better chance of overcoming the cravings.
Gradually your body will get use to not having the chemicals of nicotine in it’s system and the cravings will
become less tiresome to cope with. Psychological cravings are harder to deal with but one of the above methods should help you cope. It takes time to replace a bad habit with a good one but you will find it well worth the effort.

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