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Title: Physical and psychological symptoms during smoking withdrawal

Put out the fire
  • Physical and psychological symptoms during
    smoking withdrawal

12 Long Weeks
  • The nicotine and other chemicals cause..
  • Anger, Bad Breath, Boredom, Constipation, gas and
    stomach pain, feeling cooped up, cough dry
    throat, cravings, depression, dizziness, fatigue,
    frustration, hunger, lack of concentration,
    grouchiness, irritability, lack of sleep,
    loneliness, restlessness, tightness in the chest
    and weight gain.

  • Dont hold your anger inside. Anger is a normal
    withdrawal symptom. Reduce or redirect your anger
    with meditation, a punching bag (not a real
    person) or a long, calming walk.

Bad Breath
  • Brush your teeth often and chew breath mints or
    mint gum.

  • Stay busy and maybe even try a few new things.

Constipation, Gas and Stomach Pain
  • Lasts one to two weeks.
  • You can add fiber to your diet.

Feeling Cooped up
  • Get out of the house or office and take in fresh

Cough, Dry Throat and Mouth
  • This is normal. Your body is getting rid of mucus
    which has restricted your breathing and blocked
    your airways.
  • You only have to suffer this a few days.
  • To find relief sip ice, drink water, and leave
    hard candy and gum in your mouth.

Cravings and Hunger
  • Cravings are stronger for the first two or three
    days.Milder cravings for cigarettes can last as
    long as a few years.
  • Keep low-fat snacks like popcorn, veggies or
    pretzels around for the hunger cravings.
  • Find other things to occupy your mind.
  • Dont keep cigarettes or fatty foods nearby, if

  • Find something besides a cigarette to reward
    yourself with. Make it a healthy choice exercise
    and good nutrition. Take a nature walk.
  • Think of your success, your healthier future and
    tell yourself you are doing something good for
    your own body.

  • Your body now is receiving more oxygen because
    you have stopped smoking.
  • It will only last a few days.
  • Get fresh air to relieve the sensation and dont
    rise too fast from a sitting or reclining

  • Nicotine is a stimulant, similar to caffeine and
    your body is going without this extra boost.
  • This will last approximately two to four weeks.
  • Get extra sleep, dont push yourself. Exercise
    and drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day.

Frustration, happiness and headaches
  • Take a break or remove yourself from any
    frustrating situation for a few minutes. Try to
    find something to make you happy such as taking a
    walk, reading a book, getting exercise or even
    watching a funny movie.
  • For the headaches, you can take a warm bath, try
    meditation or relaxation videos.

Irritability, Grouchy and Tense
  • Your body is craving nicotine. Your nervous
    system is returning to normal.
  • This stage will last only one to two weeks.
  • Again, take walks, exercise, use relaxation
    methods and try nicotine gum.

Lack of Concentration and Sleep
  • The body needs time to adjust to not having
  • This situation may only last a few weeks.
  • Work on a hobby, drink warm milk, and again try
    relaxation techniques.

Loneliness, restlessness
  • Cigarettes can feel that they become just as
    important to you as a close friend.
  • Call a real friend, go for a walk or drive.
  • Work on a hobby and catch up on chores. Take on
    extra work at your job/career. Become more active.

Tightness in the chest
  • Tension may cause this problem, or even coughing
    from your previous smoking.
  • Your body is adjusting and your lungs are trying
    to remove the mucus and tar.
  • This will only last a few days.
  • Deep breathing techniques and having patience
    until it returns to normal will help.

Enjoy a Healthy New Life