Part of being tobacco free is overcoming temptation. Food cravings are common, but if you have a plan to deal with them, you can overcome the urge when it occurs. One cool trick is to reduce cigarette cravings by keeping your hands busy. Just holding something in your hand not only distracts you from smoking, but it can also physically prevent you from picking up a cigarette.
Instead of reaching for cigarettes, make a plan for your hands this Monday. Here are some ideas on how to keep your hands busy and distract your mind:
If you feel the urge to smoke, read a book instead. Reading keeps your hands busy and keeps you entertained. Short stories and page turning are especially good for distraction.
When your fingers crawl toward the cigarette pack, get your art supplies and start scribbling. Carrying a small sketch pad and some colored pencils or charcoal is a great way to make sure you always have the supplies you need for an impromptu drawing session. There are also apps like Autodesk SketchBook or Pigment that you can use to draw and color on your phone.
You can take a stress ball anywhere. Leave one on your desk at home, or keep it in your pocket when you are away. Invest in a stress ball made from a satisfactory material that you enjoy – sand, foam, gel, etc. Some stress balls even have inspirational and positive messages printed on them to keep you motivated. A metal handle that you can squeeze to relieve tension and build up forearm muscles is also good for stress.
Fidget moths aren’t just for kids. There is actually an entire industry of toys, gadgets, and office supplies for customers who appreciate distraction. You’ll find relief playing with a fidgety spinner, turning a quarter turn, or twisting a pen.
Picking up a new hobby or skill can replace the desire to smoke. Knitting, crocheting, magic tricks, building dioramas and models, or even collecting postage stamps, cards or antiques can keep your focus on something productive.
Keep your fingers active by tapping them against the screen of your smartphone. Texting a friend or terminated buddy is a great way to get support and keep your hands busy.