What Is Nicotine Withdrawal?
Nicotine affects all areas of your body — organs, blood vessels, hormones and metabolism. When you stop smoking cigarettes, the body is unable to accept the sudden lack of nicotine, thus signaling the acute need for nicotine and making you undergo a set of conditions that will compel you to light a cigarette at your earliest. This condition is known as nicotine withdrawal.
Nicotine withdrawal usually lasts only a month or so. The first week is always the worst. The withdrawal involves biological and psychological symptoms. Let’s take a look at them.
Biological Withdrawal Symptoms
The extent and duration of these symptoms vary for smokers based on their genetic makeup and whether they are light or heavy smokers.
|Increased appetite||Within a day or so after your last cigarette, your appetite will shoot up temporarily.
Nicotine binds to receptors that augment the release of the neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine, from the brain. These two chemicals reduce hunger. Hence, you will feel like eating more, especially carbs and sweets.
|Cravings||Nicotine cravings could start 30 minutes after your last cigarette. Each craving will last for 15-20 minutes, but they’ll recur.|
|Cough||Nicotine affects your respiratory system.
It can’t clean itself in the presence of nicotine. This is why you end up having a cough that could last for a few weeks.
|Headache and dizziness||These are usually mild. They are the first to show up and the first to taper off.|
|Fatigue||Nicotine perks you up. It is but natural that in its absence, you will feel tired constantly. You will also feel restless and might have insomnia.|
|Constipation||You could experience constipation for the 1st month.|
Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms
How much you are affected mentally and emotionally upon quitting smoking will be different in comparison to your other smoker friends who are quitting smoking.
|Anxiety||Smoking relieves stress.
Your anxiety can rise by leaps and bounds when you quit smoking. It tends to pop up around the 3rd day and it can last a couple of weeks.
|Depression||You could experience the symptoms of depression in the 1st month itself.
However, depression could last longer if you have a history of anxiety and/or depression.
|Irritability||This condition lasts temporarily.|
|Mental fog||It becomes difficult to concentrate in the initial days as the nicotine wears off.|
How To Overcome Withdrawal Symptoms?
No matter the type of symptom, we have listed for you 6 ways to help you manage biological and psychological cravings and quit smoking successfully.
#1] Get Smotect Natural Tablets
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- Lower your dependence on nicotine
- Reduce cravings
- Manage withdrawal symptoms
- Restore lung health/functions
- Protect vital organs (lungs, heart, brain and skin) from the impact of years of smoking
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- Cessation of smoking
- Improvement in lung function
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- Increase in immunity
- Increase in energy and stamina to perform regular activities
- Improved mental status
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- Tangible tools, techniques and breathing exercises to strengthen your mental muscle and manage cravings and withdrawals
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#3] Accept your cravings
Recognize and accept the emotion that led you to your craving. Try to understand its cause without judging yourself. Tell yourself that smoking is not reflective of your whole being. This approach will make it easier for you to let go of your symptoms.
#4] Smoke mindfully
When you begin to smoke mindfully, you will:
- Become aware of your emotion, whether you are anxious, stressed, or excited
- Feel the cigarette
- Experience its taste
- Feel the smoke travel down your throat as you inhale and feel it travel back up your throat as you exhale
- Become aware if your mood has changed for the better after smoking the cigarette
#5] Do Body Scan technique
The Body scan technique involves paying attention to your body and bodily sensations gradually from feet to head. It helps you to maintain a relaxed state when you are stressed. It helps to release the physical tension you might not even realize you're experiencing.
#6] Apply the R.A.I.N. technique
R.A.I.N. is a four-step mindfulness process that helps you redirect your negative thoughts. It will assist you in resisting cigarette cravings by drawing your attention to your emotional distress. The term stands for.
R — Recognize
A — Allow,
I — Investigate,
N — Non-Identification
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms are a given the minute you stop smoking. However, after you are aware of these symptoms, you are in a better capacity to deal with them and avoid experiencing a relapse.
Smotect offers a holistic solution that addresses the biological and psychological aspects of cigarette smoking to eventually lead you to a smoke-free life. It increases your ability to quit smoking by 10X more than any other method.The program is designed to prepare your mind and body so that you don’t fall into the smoking habit again. Sign up for the Smotect Quit Smoking Program today.