Cravings and withdrawal symptoms can start almost as soon as you give up, but usually lessen after the first couple of weeks. Here are a few tips on how to deal with the most common ones.
Anxiety and irritability
Let people know that you might be a bit irritable after you've stopped smoking. Your friends and loved ones are likely to be understanding. Take a deep breath and remind yourself of your reasons for quitting. Anxiety and irritability are symptoms of your body being deprived of nicotine. But Therapeutic Nicotine products provide enough Therapeutic Nicotine, in a controlled way, to help reduce these effects and help you quit for good.
Concerns over weight gain
When you want sweets, eat healthy fruits and vegetables, or sugar-free boiled sweets or gum. Or, rather than putting food in your mouth when you want to smoke, distract yourself by going for a walk, reading or playing with a pet instead. Alternatively, why not play one of the great games to be found on the blow away my temptation page!
In addition to tackling your cravings, Nicabate 4mg Lozenges can also help you to control your weight while you quit, and the fact that they stay in your mouth for up to 30 minutes helps you avoid snacking.
Coughing, dry throat and mucus
You might be alarmed by the mucus you’re coughing up, but it's actually a positive sign that your lungs are clearing of tar and toxins. This stage shouldn't last long. To soothe the symptoms, drink plenty of water and use sugar-free boiled sweets to keep your throat moist.
Your brain is adjusting to the sudden lack of nicotine in your system, and cravings can make it difficult to concentrate. This should only last a week or two – and Therapeutic Nicotine products can help.
Not everyone experiences this, but if you do it should only be for the first day or two after you quit until your system gets used to normal, healthy levels of oxygen again. Although it's unpleasant, it's another sign that your body is becoming healthier almost immediately.
Since nicotine is a stimulant, when you quit smoking you might feel very tired. And because Therapeutic Nicotine products deliver less nicotine than cigarettes, you may still suffer a bit from tiredness. Try to make healthy eating choices and avoid too many refined, sugary foods. Also, eat a healthy breakfast to boost your energy and help you through the day.
You might feel down once you stop smoking, not only because of cravings and withdrawal symptoms but because so much of your life used to revolve around cigarettes. These feelings will pass – and think how much stronger you will feel by resisting that cigarette!
This rarely lasts more than a week or so. It's another physiological symptom of your brain being without nicotine. Develop a new bedtime routine that doesn't include cigarettes. Do some deep breathing before bed, take a hot bath and drink caffeine-free herbal tea or hot milk.