Conquer Withdrawal Symptoms

Conquer Withdrawal Symptoms

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
Difficulty concentrating
  • Prioritize tasks and stop multi-tasking
  • Avoid/remove distractions
  • Take a brief walk to clear your head
  • Use a relaxation technique like deep breathing or meditation
Irritability, anger, anxiety, restlessness
  • Get moving! Take a walk or go to the gym
  • Avoid or reduce your caffeine intake
  • Use a relaxation technique like deep breathing or meditation
  • Take time for yourself to get away from stressors and do something you enjoy
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Watch something funny like a cat video
Sleeplessness, insomnia
  • Avoid or reduce your caffeine intake; Stop drinking caffeine at least four to six hours before your bedtime
  • Set a regular bedtime and wake-up time
  • Don’t watch TV or use your smartphone at least an hour before bed
  • Get regular exercise
  • If sleep is not happening, just try to relax yourself and don’t worry about how many hours of sleep you’re going to get
  • Drink water or low-calorie drinks
  • Eat healthy snacks and meals
Fatigue, headaches
  • Take a nap
  • Get moving and exercise
  • Drink water or fluids
  • Eat a snack
  • Take a pain reliever
Cigarette cravings
  • Distract yourself with an activity like learning something new
  • Get moving with a brisk walk
  • Call a friend or your quit buddy
  • Other ideas

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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By | 2017-06-15T15:49:06+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Dealing with Cravings, Stay Quit, Strategies to Quit|