Smoking is a physical addiction, which means that your brain adapts to the habitual routine of smoking tobacco products by changing the chemical makeup of your brain’s chemistry over time. This means that you’ll most likely start suffering from withdrawal symptoms when you initially quit smoking – resulting in heightened anxiety, aggression, dizziness or simply a feeling of drowsiness.
This happens because your body is adjusting itself to make up for the increase in oxygen that your blood is receiving and is expelling the carbon monoxide and nicotine from your system. You may struggle with these feelings of anxiety, aggression and drowsiness for a few days after your initial phase of quitting, but there are a few ways to avoid these from happening or relapsing.
You should try and get as much exercise in as possible as this will help you take your mind off smoking and can help to further replenish your blood with fresh oxygen. If you’re really struggling with the withdrawal symptoms, you can use nicotine gum or patches to help ebb the desire to smoke again. These are usually quite cheap and can certainly help you get back on track quickly as a safer alternative than smoking. It’s also important to keep yourself occupied during the early phases of the ‘smoke-free’ period, so try to go for walks, eat food and pick up a hobby to help take your mind off cravings.
Spending time in a sauna can also help you get over your addiction. Literally cleansing your body of the chemicals you are addicted to, sweating out all the chemicals from the cigarettes.
They have used this method with people addicted to heavy drugs such as crack and heroin. People tend to gain weight when they quit smoking which is a problem because the addictive chemicals are stored in their fat cells. So when the person loses weight the chemicals will be rereleased into their blood stream. Then the person will have cravings again. This is why people return to smoking months after quitting, when they decide they will go to the gym and lose their quit smoking weight.
Once you’ve cleared the two-week phase, you’ll be on the right track to a full-recovery so long as you remember to stay away from smokers or places that you know people will be smoking in (until you’ve built up your resistance again) and remember to take cravings or urges seriously. Keep a few nicotine patches or sticks of gum on hand in case of an emergency and remember to keep exercising once you’ve cleared that initial hurdle.
There is also the metal addiction aspect to getting over smoking. It may be part of your routine, after you finish eating or when you wake up in the morning. Changing these habits is one of the hardest things you can do.
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