When you feel an urge coming on, don’t fight it — ride it. Urge surfing is a mindful and healthy way of identifying and overcoming urges when they emerge.
An urge can feel like something is pulling you back towards old habits. When you feel an urge coming on, the first step is to identify what caused it. Is it a reaction to an emotion such as stress or anger?
Then, learn to surf the urge. Urges are like waves in that they gradually rise in intensity, peak, and eventually crash. An urge almost always follows that progression.
When you think of the urge as a wave, you can ride it without giving in to the craving.