Make a plan to manage withdrawal symptoms for a successful quit.
Let’s be real here. When you quit smoking, you’re going to go through withdrawal. That’s because your body is addicted to nicotine and it’s going to make you feel like crap until you smoke again. The good news? Withdrawal is temporary, and once you get past the initial pain, your quit will get a lot easier.
Withdrawal symptoms can start within an hour of your last cigarette and they are the strongest in the first few days to up to a couple of weeks – that’s why most people slip up during this time. But you can quit and stay quit by knowing what to expect when you go smokefree and how to deal with withdrawal. Though the intensity and duration of withdrawal differs for each person, here are common symptoms and some relief strategies:
|Withdrawal Symptom||Relief Strategies|
|Irritability, anger, anxiety, restlessness||
Dealing with withdrawal on your own is possible, but your chance of quit smoking doubles with medications. You can learn more about NRTs and prescriptions here, but keep in mind that medications may not completely get rid of all your withdrawal symptoms and you will still need to plan on how to handle them.
Just remember: even though you may be suffering in the short-term, your body is going to feel loads better soon once it gets rid of nicotine.
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