We all have them — cravings that sneak up out of nowhere, consuming our thoughts. We indulge in the craving as a means to calm our nerves only to find we’re just as discontent from the temporary relief. How do we resist those cravings and return to a state of balance?
Note: There is a difference between an negative craving and a basic survival craving. We will discuss the unfavorable.
To reverse any craving or discomfort it is always beneficial to determine the root of the problem. What external or internal factor forced you into a state of minor panic? Discomfort comes in many forms. Anything from sleep-deprevation to and uncomfortable interaction with a friend. Think back to when the craving set in and try to connect it to a recent interaction or situation. Discovering the root will help you ward off future cravings.
Whether you determine the root or not, notice that you have a craving and sit with it. What you resist will persist — Therefore, let yourself fully focus on the craving. Try agin to determine the cause and you should be able to come up with an idea of where it emerged. Switch the focus to where the craving stemmed from and consciously examine why it made you uncomfortable to build inner strength. Let yourself dwell on the situation until you’ve made peace with it. Tell yourself that it’s completely natural that you would feel that way; Use your breath to slow your heart rate and find a state of calm. The craving should slowly lose its strength.
If the craving is internal from sleep or diet depravation then you will have to work on satisfying your basic needs. Internal cravings are usually easier to relive. They can be as simple as getting to bed earlier or allowing yourself a less stringent diet. If you are hungry eat, if you are not don’t. Your body knows what its wants; Use a little intuition to observe which cravings serve you and which do not. A craving has a much harder time influencing you if you understand it.