Keep a list of when you smoke for a week before quitting
Also note what you’re doing at the time and how bad the craving is to see if specific times of the day or activities increase your cravings, suggests Gaylene Mooney, chair of the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Subcommittee on Smoking and Tobacco-Related Issues.
Prepare a list of things to do when a craving hits
Suggestions include: take a walk, drink a glass of water, kiss your partner or child, throw the ball for the dog, play a game, wash the car, clean out a cupboard or closet, have sex, chew a piece of gum, wash your face, brush your teeth, take a nap, get a cup of coffee or tea, practice your deep breathing, light a candle. Make copies of the list and keep one with you at all times so when the craving hits, you can whip out the list and quickly do something from it. Here are some things that ex-smokers said helped them quit.
Quit when you’re in a good mood
Studies find that you’re less likely to be a successful quitter if you quit when you’re depressed or under a great deal of stress.