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5 Ways To Avoid Difficult Situations Without Smoking

Check out these ways to stay strong and smoke-free in stressful moments
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1. Walk away, if you can
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Removing yourself from the situation that is causing you stress very often helps to reduce it.

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2. Take deep breaths
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Taking time out for several deep breaths can really make you feel better. Try counting to 10.

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3. Distract yourself
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A nicotine craving lasts for under a minute if you take your mind off it. Walking away and taking deep breaths will help. So will sipping on water or getting more active.

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Listen to music.

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5. Play a game on your phone
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A big part of why people find it difficult to quit is because they miss something to do with their hands. Find something different that won’t cost you a fortune or be likely to make you ill. In years to come, you’ll be so glad you did it now.

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