Avoiding the Shisha temptation is a common scenario in the process of quitting smoking Shisha. Yes, it is hard to deal with temptation especially when it is in front of you and you have no idea how to deal with it. So it is easy to avoid situations where temptation is possible. It is best to stay away from people and places where you are tempted to smoke Shisha but we know that this is not enough.
You still need to do some self inventory and do some recreational habits to make this Shisha temptation easier to handle. That way, later on you will be able to handle these temptations with more confidence. The best way to cope with a strong temptation to smoke Shisha is to quickly remove your self from the situation that is causing the temptation, like in a party or get together after work. It would be good that you have an important reason for leaving if you cannot yet handle the temptation.
When you cannot remove yourself from a difficult situation, or when the temptation to smoke Shisha is triggered by something other than a place or event, consider what you can do, think about, or tell yourself something that will help you cope with the temptation. Use some activity to distract yourself for about 15 or so minutes. Read the following to know more about the ideas on how to quit smoking Shisha completely by avoiding Shisha temptation.
TO AVOID #1: Habits that gets you want to smoke Shisha
- Choose foods that don’t make you want to smoke Shisha.
- Take a different route to work especially those with places offering a Shisha session.
- Take a brisk walk instead of hopping on a ride with your friends that gets you a chance to be invited for a Shisha session.
- Use substitutes you can put in your mouth such as sugarless gum or hard candy, raw vegetables such as carrot sticks, or sunflower seeds.
TO AVOID #2: Stress
- Do something to reduce your stress by enrolling in an exercise program like yoga, Tai chi, or other exercise that interest you.
- Do hobbies that will keep your mind from smoking Shisha like painting, or doing some hobby that you set aside because you have no time doing it.
- Take a hot bath or read a book.
- Occupy your minds by working a puzzle.
TO AVOID #3: Urge to smoke Shisha
1. Breathe deeply
- When you were smoking Shisha, you breathed deeply as you inhaled the smoke. When the urge strikes now, breathe deeply and picture your lungs filling with fresh, clean air.
- Imagine the immediate harmful effects of smoking.
- Picture the smoke going into your lungs and leaving the ash and tar in your lungs. Picture the harmful chemicals entering your bloodstream because of smoking Shisha.
- Remind yourself of your reasons for quitting Shisha and the benefits you’ll gain as an ex-Shisha smoker.
- Think about the negative effects of smoking Shisha, such as harm to your family, child or shortness of breath, etc.
- Give yourself time to let the urge pass.
- Tell yourself you will wait 20 minutes until the urge is not there anymore.
- If you feel that you are about take a Shisha session, hold off.
- Remind yourself how hard it was to quit smoking Shisha in the first place and all the effort you have put in so far. Do you want to throw that away?
- Often this simple trick will allow you to move beyond the strong urge to smoke.
- Think about the benefits of not smoking, such as health, pride, and cleanliness.
- Tell yourself that you really do not want to smoke Shisha.
- Tell yourself that you only need to keep from smoking Shisha one day at a time.
- Imagine yourself celebrating your first full year without smoking Shisha.
3. Call a family or friend to get support
- An encouragement from a family or friend is very important this time.
- Do not hesitate to call these important people if you feel like giving up. Remember temptation won’t last forever, sooner it will disappear.
- Talk your hearts or be inspired by a family or friend, or do something like playing game cards, take a walk together that keeps your mind off from smoking Shisha.
4. Get moving
- Getting move will occupy your mind to do something else.
- So move and do some walking in the park or go shopping.
- Jog also in the neighbourhood or jog with your dogs, not only is it helpful but also therapeutic.
To be tempted to smoke Shisha again after you start to quit is a stressful situation to have. Temptations will always going to be there, so that we might as well accept their existence and do something about it. It is our goal to not give in, to temptation.
Think positive that temptation is going to pass through. The hard work should not be futile. Be strong and stand with our goal; to quit smoking Shisha completely. You have the power to overcome temptation. Remember you are stronger than these temptations. Our goal to quit smoking Shisha may be the best thing that can happen in your life. Perseverance and dedication is the key, and you have that.