Physical Cravings


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Physical cravings are easy to clear, if you know where they are.

First sit down and take a few breaths to relax. Imagine you really need to smoke (this is best done when there is a real urge). Focus on where in your body you feel the craving, what it feels like and how intense it is.

You may find you feel it in your chest as a tightness, or in your stomach as an anxious churning feeling, possibly both.

Take the intensity level from 0-10 and then tap on these physical cravings until they reach a 0. Common examples are listed below but please change the wording to best describe your own experience.

 

“Even though I have this craving feeling in my chest making it tight when I think about wanting to smoke, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

 

“Even though I have this churning feeling in my belly
that won’t go away unless I smoke,
I totally love and accept myself with or without a cigarette.”

 

“Even though I have this urge deep inside my stomach to smoke,
I love and respect myself anyway.”

 

“Even though my palms become clammy
when I think about needing to smoke,
I deeply and completely accept and forgive myself.”

 

“Even though I feel panicked at the thought of stopping smoking,
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I choose to allow myself to break free from the continuous cycle of anxiety
that smoking keeps me in for good.”

 

“Even though I’ve heard about the withdrawal symptoms and
I don’t want to experience them and so am continuing to smoke,
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I choose to release any fear or nervousness I feel one breath at a time.”

 

“Even though I feel like I’m going to die
because the withdrawal symptoms are so bad,
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I choose to accept mild discomfort now instead of dying young.”

 

“Even though I feel irritable, crabby and mad
because I’ve just stopped smoking
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
With grace and love I choose to express rather than supress my feelings.”

 

“Even though I cannot sleep and
I feel like I’m drowning in nerves
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I choose to constructively distract myself
by reading a book or putting on a movie.”

 

“Even though I what I am experiencing now is excruciating and
no one seems to understand what I’m going through,
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I choose to see things in perspective.
Four days of discomfort now in return for the rest of my life.”

 

“Even though I am craving nicotine so desperately,
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I choose to realise that this feeling is temporary and
will soon pass.”

 

 

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