Quitting Smoking And How To Fight The Withdrawal Symptoms
So, how do you overcome the withdrawal? How does a chronic smoker who began smoking at the age of 16 give up a life-long habit? Well, it doesn’t happen in 24 hours; it is a long process that requires a great deal of willpower and support. This article will help a person approach the withdrawal effects and manage those physical and psychological symptoms. By doing research and learning about these signs, perhaps relapse can be prevented and the road to successful recovery is that little bit clearer.
1. Feeling very hungry
The logical response to a feeling of hunger is to have a meal or snack, dependent on your level of hunger. However, many smokers would smoke a cigarette instead of eating an apple or sandwich; hence why chain smokers are generally rather slim (particularly those who drink great amounts of coffee and/or alcohol as well).
If you are worried about your weight, don’t substitute cigarettes for food; instead of doing this try drinking some water before you eat healthy snacks. Crisps and chocolates are yummy, but they won’t decrease your feelings of hunger.
When you quit smoking you will experience sensations of hunger and you will experience some weight gain, the average being between 5-8 pounds. This is because your metabolism is slowing down and adjusting to a life without cigarettes. By engaging in exercises and sticking to a steady diet, your weight should settle in a few months. Do not be too concerned – it happens to everyone.
2. Feeling very angry
Anger and frustration are very common emotions and responses to stressful situations. Logical outlets for those who smoke would be to light up as many cigarettes as possible and puff away the rage.
As a non-smoker you will be required to express and release your anger in different ways. The best method is to talk to family and friends about what is happening. Another method is by keeping a diary. It is vital that you release the anger within and not let it build up into an immeasurable amount of rage as this can lead to relapses.
3. Feeling very lonely
For many smokers, the act of smoking was a means of socializing; hence the term ‘social smoking’. It then makes sense that once a person stops smoking they begin to feel very lonely believing they have no-one to socialize with any longer. These thoughts have been known to cause symptoms of depression.
In order to overcome the feeling of loneliness and depression, find a hobby or distraction to take your mind off smoking and the cessation of smoking. Go for walks or watch movies. Begin writing in your journal, start drawing or learn to play an instrument. Think of something you have always wanted to do and do it; this will help you quit smoking and discover a new skill.
4. Feeling very tired
One feeling many new non-smokers will experience is that of fatigue. For smokers, the answer to feeling tired would be to begin chain smoking cigarettes; however, as a non-smoker you do not have that option. Instead of using nicotine as a stimulant, take a nap and relax. Try going to bed earlier and getting a full night’s rest. This will help you rejuvenate your body and mind.