If you’ve recently quit smoking, our health care team at Lung Health Institute wants to congratulate you on taking this positive step. However, we know the urge to smoke is a powerful force to fight, particularly for people who have been smoking for years.
3 Ways You Can Fight the Urge to Smoke
Our health care team knows the urge to smoke can stem from 2 distinct things. For instance, the decreasing levels of nicotine in your body after you quit may result in an urge to smoke. You may also have developed smoking triggers based on daily activities or as a reaction to stress.
Luckily, we know several ways you may be able to fight urges you get to smoke after you quit. One way to combat these urges is to eat a snack. In many cases, your body may tell you that you need to smoke when it senses a drop in blood sugar levels during the day. However, you can easily defeat such urgings by eating a healthy snack, such as some raw nuts, yogurt or dark chocolate.
Eating healthy snack options like these is especially important for former smokers because choosing baked goods, candy bars and other junk foods may cause more frequent drops in blood sugar, and these increased drops may lead to more smoking urges.
Another way you can fight urges to smoke is to do some deep breathing. Since smoking urges are often triggered by stress, finding ways to control and reduce stress may also help reduce the urge to smoke. Deep breathing exercises are a simple and easy way to accomplish this. All you have to do is concentrate on breathing as deeply as you can for about 3 to 5 minutes, and your urge to smoke may be tamed.
A third option you can use to fight the urge to smoke is to get up and walk. While this option may not be possible for everyone, walking can be a great way to fight smoking urges. Sitting still may cause you to fixate on the urge, but walking allows you to focus your mind on other things. In fact, a short, 5-minute walk may help you ditch sudden urges to light up.
Lung Health Institute Offers Help to Chronic Lung Disease Patients
At Lung Health Institute, our health care team offers a variety of treatment options for chronic lung diseases like pulmonary fibrosis. For example, we’ve created 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI2™) plans that are designed to help you take control of your lung health by boosting your immune system and training your body to use fats to fight inflammation.
We also offer cellular therapy, and this procedure uses cells from your own blood in ways that may promote lung tissue repair and reduce inflammation.
Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.