The Four D’s to Help You Quit
The Four D’s will help you quickly respond to smoking urges in a healthy way.
- Wait until the craving to smoke passes. Most urges come and go within 3-5 minutes.
- Commit to delaying your first cigarette of the day. Try a 10, 20 or 30-minute delay for that first cigarette.
- What kind of morning delay could you commit to?
Distract (Do Something Else)
- Do something to distract yourself. Shift your thoughts to something else. Go for a walk, watch a video on YouTube, pick up your instrument, read a favorite poem, pick up a book or work on a crossword puzzle.
- Drink water to beat cravings. It works surprisingly well, and good hydration has the added benefit of helping us feel better overall.
- How much water do you tend to drink each day? How much would you like to increase that amount to?
- Deep breathing will help you relax through cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
- Close your eyes and breathe in slowly as you count to three. Then breathe out for a count of three. Repeat and you’ll begin to feel your body release the tension it’s holding.
- Some people may want to place a hand over their heart and the other over their stomach while doing the deep breathing
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