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Coping with Cravings Worksheet


Coping with Cravings Worksheet


It is helpful to have strategies at hand to manage cravings (food, gambling, alcohol/drugs, cigarettes, sex, etc.).

The following techniques may be useful – try them together for best results. 


Strategy #1 - The Delay Strategy
If you have a craving, give yourself some time before you indulge. Set an alarm for 5 – 30 minutes.

The longer you wait, the more likely you are to resist as the craving will pass with time.

Determine what your plan is and write it down here:                                                                                         
Strategy #2 - Distract Strategy 
While you are delaying, find something to do that will occupy your thoughts and attention. It may help to do

something physical – take a walk, take a shower, go for a swim, play with the dog, etc.

List some things you can do to distract yourself:   1)                                                                                            




Strategy #3 - The Decide Strategy 

After the set amount of time, remind yourself why you do not want to engage in the unhealthy behavior. Make a conscious decision not to give in to the craving.
Reasons to indulge:
Reasons not to indulge: 
Why do you really want to stop: 


Your goals: 


Give these a try when the next craving comes along OR do the worksheet ASAP so that you can tackle that craving without it blindsiding you.

Coach Sue

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