Memorize the 5 D's To Beat Smoking Urges

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Nicotine withdrawal is an intense phase of smoking cessation. It can include everything from physical symptoms that mimic illness to feelings of sadness and seemingly nonstop thoughts of smoking.

Understanding what to expect when we quit smoking and having a plan to manage the discomforts that come with early smoking cessation keep us in control and headed for long-term success.

The Five D's of Smoking Cessation

The Five D's is a set of tools that will help you quickly respond to the majority of smoking urges you'll encounter in a healthy way. Memorize the 5 D's and use them when needed.

1) Delay until the craving to smoke passes. Most urges come and go within thee to five minutes.

2) Distract yourself. Shift your attention away from thoughts of smoking -- go for a walk around the block or work on a crossword puzzle. Distraction effectively stops the unhealthy mindset that enables thoughts of smoking.

3) Drink water to beat cravings to smoke. It works surprisingly well, and good hydration has the added benefit of helping you to feel better overall.

4) Deep breaths help you relax and let the stress of early smoking cessation go. Close your eyes and breathe in slowly for a count of three and exhale for a count of three.

Repeat and you'll begin to feel your body release the tension it's holding.

5) Discuss your feelings with someone close to you or with other ex-smokers using the About Smoking Cessation support forum. There is nothing better for a person's resolve than connecting with those who are walking the path alongside us, or hearing from those who have navigated smoking cessation successfully.

When you know what to expect from nicotine withdrawal and recovery from nicotine addiction in general, you can develop a plan of attack to tide you over when the going gets tough.  The Five D's should be a part of that plan.  

Smoking cessation is a process of gradual release from nicotine addiction.  It doesn't happen overnight, but lets go sooner than you might think. Take it one day at a time and trust that you'll find your way through recovery, just as others have before you.

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