Cravings and urges are often used interchangeably but they describe different sensations. There is, however, an association between cravings and urges. Let's take a look.
What Are Urges?
Urges are impulses that make you want to engage in a specific behavior. For example, someone with a sweet tooth might have an urge to eat a donut each day.
Urges vary by the circumstances and emotions of each person. For instance, you may feel an urge to eat a donut when you see someone else eating one. Urges can be tied to emotions like sadness, or to a place like a donut shop.
A person with an urge may be able to resist it by waiting it out or by choosing alternate behaviors. That person with the sweet tooth might pick up a raw carrot instead of a donut to calm that urge, for example.