Water with orange slices

Distracting Yourself from Your Urges

When it comes to smoking, you may still get an urge here or there, so it’s important to be prepared.

How? Remember, there are physical urges caused by your body adjusting to life without cigarettes, and habitual ones triggered by your routines.

Typically, urges last 3 to 5 minutes, so all you have to do is distract yourself until it’s over. You can try one of these on-the-fly urge-busters:

  • Your cell phone. Clean out old contacts or applications, play a quick game, or just call a friend for a 5-minute chat
  • Your wallet. See if you have any receipts or business cards that you no longer need
  • Your sneakers. Take a brisk walk or try some light exercise. Be sure to consult your doctor before taking on new physical activity
  • An orange and a glass of water. Squeeze a lemon, lime, or orange into a glass of water and enjoy the citrus taste. It might make a cigarette seem less appealing
  • A letter. Write a good old-fashioned letter to somebody who’s important to you
  • Your desk. Organize your drawers, clean your desktop, and throw away any old, dead pens
  • Your computer. Organize your files, or if your work allows it, play a quick computer game, like solitaire