How to Tame a Craving

When it occurs, acknowledge it and accept it.

Stop and notice how you feel.  Identify what triggered it.  Be open and do not try to suppress it.  Over the next 3-5 minutes, note how the craving rises, peaks and eventually starts to fade.  While acknowledging your craving, remember to take deep belly breaths in through your nose and blow out slowly through your mouth.

If you are considering giving in to your craving, observe again, how you are feeling.

Ask yourself why you are going to do it, and how will it make you feel.  Think back to the last time you did it.  Did you enjoy it?  Did it make you feel happy?  Guilty? Better or worse?  All the while taking your deep belly breaths.

If you can do this for 3-5 minutes, the craving is more likely to pass and the deep breathing should have improved any stress related cravings and decreased cortisol levels allowing you to get on with your day.

Repeat often.

Habits are hard to break but being mindful about why and how you respond to stress, will help you.

Feel free to write down your responses and throw them away or text them if you want me to be your accountability coach

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