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Lifestyle: Here Is What To Expect When You Quit Smoking

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First things first: Quitting smoking is a journey, not a single event. It is not a one time occurrence. You quit every single moment of every day until the cravings die out. Durations may vary; one month, one year, more years. When it comes to the quitting, no two cases are the same just as reasons for quitting always vary. And while that journey might sometimes feel lonely, you have no reason to feel lost. Curating experiences of numerous people who have successfully completed the journey, you will find below the common experiences to expect in period succeeding when you decide to divorce the tobacco.A couple of days after you quit smoking, the nicotine would be totally depleted from your body and you start feeling the withdrawal symptoms. You might experience some physical and emotional symptoms during withdrawal. These include headaches, nausea, cramps, sweating, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, and depression. This is when quitting smoking can become especially difficult. If you’re able to make it to this point, reward yourself so you feel motivated to continue. Use the money you would have spent on cigarettes to buy something nice for yourself.The first seven to 10 days are the toughest, and you may need the most help during these early days. Most smokers who return to smoking do so within the first three months. “Slips” (having a puff, or smoking one or two cigarettes) are pretty common. If you’ve slipped, remind yourself of all the good reasons to stay quit. A “slip” does not mean you are a smoker again. As long you keep trying and don’t give up, you will be able to quit for good.On average, most symptoms fade and are gone after one month. However, some people have rises and falls in symptoms over several weeks. Six months after quitting, people usually feel the same as or better than when they were smoking. You’ll probably still get cravings. Everyone has different triggers for wanting to smoke but the trick is in having a plan and a support system to manage the cravings. And most importantly, always keep in mind your reason for deciding to quit in the first place.Photo Credit: Getty

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