Every once in awhile we see those who smoke getting all excited and pumped up to quit smoking.
Smokers get all set to face the challenge and then they have relapses which make them even more frustrated.
So, how do you get out this smokers loop and set your lungs free of toxic smoke?
Well, there are many phases associated with quitting smoking and you have to be prepared and keep moving on to the next until you get rid of this toxic habit.
Addiction to nicotine shouldn’t be looked as a “habit” which simply requires willpower to overcome.
Moreover, It has been scientifically proven that nicotine addiction and withdrawal is even more severe than that of cocaine and heroin.
All these substances are more potent than nicotine and even give you more intense high than nicotine.
Furthermore, the dependency of body and withdrawal is equally strong as that of cocaine and highly addictive substances.
The strong physical and mental addiction to nicotine makes it almost impossible for a smoker to break the cruel dependency cycle.
But once you set up realistic expectations and focus on the benefits, you will attain once you quit smoking you will stay motivated. Don’t beat yourself up if you relapse and rather come out stronger every time.
Withdrawal Phases and Benefits After Each Phase
The Best Way out of a Difficulty Is Through It: Week 1
The first week of trying to quit is always the most challenging for smokers as the body is normalising after constant exposure to nicotine.
The withdrawal symptoms are at peak during this phase and can continue even after the initial days. The initial symptoms include craving for cigarettes which is followed by intense feelings of anger, agitation, anxiety and irritation.
In this phase, some smokers notice a decrease in mental functioning as the brain is wired with doses of nicotine in order to maintain the buzz on which it was functioning earlier.
Physical symptoms may include a headache, increased appetite, dizziness, constipation, stomach pain, fatigue, and insomnia.
During this phase, many smokers begin to cough and increased mucus as the lungs start to heal themselves and removing all the irritants.
It takes around 3 days to clear all the nicotine from the last cigarette.
After 3-5 days the withdrawal symptoms start to fade away and make way for the second phase.
Some Day “I Will”. I Am Patiently Waiting : Week 2-4
The physical symptoms start to wear off after the phase one but some symptoms still linger on depending on the dependency of the body on nicotine.
The second phase is more associated with emotional, mental and behavioural symptoms of a smoker which have to be managed and overcome.
Get ready for some mood swings, high temper and frustration.
Keep yourself engaged in activities you love as there will be restlessness and boredom which takes some time to settle down. Also, you may even experience difficulty in sleeping.
Your appetite will begin to increase when your nicotine levels are lower as the body is producing less serotonin and dopamine which are neurotransmitters responsible for controlling your appetite.
Each quitting experience is unique but a lot of symptoms start to fade after the long interlude and then we move to our final phase of victory.
The Harder the Battle, the Sweeter the Victory: Week 5
After getting past the first month of quitting smoking the road ahead becomes more relaxed.
You can take pride in overcoming the intense cravings, the emotional rollercoaster and worst of all the physical symptoms of withdrawal.
There will always be a smoking nostalgia for the rest of your life but you will experience a great number of positive physical and mental changes which will help you in falling back to this old habit.
The cravings can still bounce back up to one year after quitting smoking, especially in stressful situations.
Find alternate ways to calm yourself down and live an addiction free life. Furthermore, keep reminding yourself of the hell storm you experienced during the first month.
After quitting smoking you will notice that you are able to breathe more easily. You will feel more energetic as your blood circulation has improved significantly.
Moreover, quitting smoking will lead you to better sex and increased sex drive. You will experience that your sense of smell and taste has also improved and you have a better skin than before.
Quitting smoking will improve your oral hygiene.
Last but not the least quitting smoking will save you from a number of smoking related diseases which include heart disease, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis and the list is endless.
Moreover, Quitting smoking will make you live a healthy, happy and stress-free lifestyle.
A piece of advice
“Be strong when you are weak, Brave when you are scared, and Humble when you are victorious”
Editor Bio – Mr Shubham Malik is a qualified professional writer at Sharda University. The writer has deep knowledge in writings pertaining to Health & Fitness.