This is the main culprit which prohibits smokers from becoming non-smokers.
It’s a monster, and it will haunt you every step of the way until it leaves your body for good.
It will literally drive you crazy, but if you can beat it, you’ll live the best possible life you can imagine. For you heavy smokers out there, it means everything.
The physical effects last 3 weeks. Beyond that, it is all in your head.
However, those first few weeks can be very difficult and quite painful. To some, it’s the most intense battle ever.
After years and years of smoking, it makes sense that it would be hard. But don’t let that stop you. Be strong and wake up everyday with a goal of not giving in to cigarettes.
It’s important to know everything you can about withdrawal.
It’s your main obstacle, so you should take it serious. If you don’t, you’re going to relapse.
You have to be SERIOUS about quitting.
You have to know what’s coming, and that means knowing what withdrawal will feel like, or potentially feel like. If you feel anything strange going on, that’s most likely it.
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Why is it so important to know what’s coming?
If this is your first time, then you won’t have any idea. But if this isn’t, then knowing what you’re feeling, whether it’s negative or not, can help you.
You won’t be freaking out because you’ll know, that at the end of the day, it’s just a withdrawal symptom, and nothing else. If you can acknowledge what is going on, it will make things much easier to get through.
Obsessive thoughts about smoking – At the very beginning, you may think about smoking literally every minute of your life. That’s the reality of Day 1.
The reason you are thinking so much about them is because virtually every aspect of your life has a trigger attached to it that hasn’t been reversed yet.
Plus you are depriving your body of nicotine, so it’s freaking out.
You might even start looking at people’s hands as you are walking by them, and seeing if they are holding a cigarette.
“If they’re smoking, then I can too, right?” WRONG!
You’re getting stressed out – The little things are starting to annoy you more than ever.
You can’t find your keys. You ran out of coffee creamer. Traffic is bad. Nothing on the radio. Stuff like that.
But it’s those little things that make you reach for a cigarette, only now you can’t have one, which adds even more to the stress. It all builds and builds and builds.
Having a cigarette isn’t going to make the traffic get better, and it certainly won’t make your keys magically appear.
You’re mind starts playing tricks on you – This is the deceiving side of nicotine addiction. Once you deprive yourself, your mind will tell you anything it wants to hear.
“I’ll quit after lunch.”
“I promise I’ll quit in the morning.”
“No one will know if I have one.”
“I’m not ready.”
Excuses, excuses, excuses. That’s all they are. Nicotine just wants you to consume it. It doesn’t care what your day is like, or what you have accomplished.
All it cares about is entering your blood stream. Nothing more.
You’re breathing becomes heavier – After about half the day is finished and you still haven’t smoked, you’ll notice more wheezing and potentially a distended stomach.
This is your body freaking out that it doesn’t have nicotine in its system. It’s basically shutting down.
This might actually take a few days to recover from, so it is one of the dangerous side effects of quitting smoking.
I don’t remember my body shutting down when I switched to vaping. It was a smooth transition. You still have to come off the 1000’s of chemicals, though, that are present in cigarettes.
You’re excited about the next potential cigarette – Even though you may have quit, you will still think about smoking almost all day long that first day.
Any little exciting thing that happens in your day will trigger you to smoke.
Get off work early? Make a lot of money at work? See a really attractive person smoking? Did your favorite song come on the radio? These are all triggers.
A more in-depth look at some of the symptoms.
-Keep your hands busy
-Sleep more, especially naps
-Spend more time inside non-smoking environments
-Drink juices, especially cranberry juice
-Eat whenever you want to, and don’t shy away from it
-Nibble on something
-Relax and watch TV
-Just go home and make it through the day!
Withdrawal will sneak up on you when you least expect it. It will make you do some crazy things!
You’ll feel like you’re not even yourself. People will either think you’re sick or you’re just angry all of a sudden.
Your anxiety might become so bad that all you feel is panic. You won’t even be able to communicate with others because of the pressure. Forget about smiling and communicating with others as well.
Your vision may get blurry. You might get dizzy. Your eyes might become dry and dilated. Your mouth will water.
But underneath it all, I bet you’ll feel really good.
Take a step back and ignore the physical for just a second and focus on what’s really going on.
Are you breathing better already? Are you sleeping better? Are your taste buds returning?
You’ll notice these things right away, it’s just that the physical pain overshadows the good things.
People tend to dwell on the negative parts in their life. It’s human nature.
If you can understand that, and see past that, and know whatever negative feelings you have will eventually fade away, then you are on your way to becoming a winner.
Being able to handle the negative side effects is big chunk of the battle.
Most people can’t handle the withdrawal, and they think they feel worse, so they go back to smoking.
If you understand that you WILL feel worse before you feel better, you’ll triple your chances at success.
The first week is awful, but then you’ll start to feel really awesome. 3 weeks and nicotine is gone from your body forever. Then it’s just the mental challenge.
Perhaps some of you are able to get over the physical, but not the mental.
It’s easy to get over the physical because it’s there, and you can feel it. You can almost see it when you look in the mirror.
It’s not hiding underneath something. It’s right out in the open. The anxiety is something you can see and feel.
The mental cravings, however, you can’t see or feel. Those are the triggers that must be reversed.
Just say to yourself, “It’s only the addiction talking.”