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How to manage smoking withdrawals successfully!

How to manage smoking withdrawals successfully!

Most of you would have noticed a pattern in smokers. According to this pattern every 8 out of 10 smokers would show a willingness to kick the habit. Nearly 7 people from the aforementioned lot would claim having tried their hand at quitting and failed in successfully doing so.

So what is it about embarking on the journey of quitting that makes it difficult to follow through? Is it merely an oral fixation or is it something else. Read on!

While  quitting smoking has life-changing benefits, it is often a daunting task as it often triggers several withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms not only manifest as physical symptoms but also show emotional as well as psychological signs. Most withdrawal symptoms differ from one another. However it is important to power through them and manage them head on food for the sake of one’s health and sense of well-being. Before getting to how these symptoms can be managed, let’s first understand these symptoms better.

Sudden Weight Gain
Often when one quits smoking, their blood sugar level drops, which gives people an urge to eat carb-rich or very sugary items to satisfy their hunger. This directly results in a few extra kilos. In addition to gaining weight, some people may even have conditions like mouth ulcers.

Insomnia
Sleeplessness, disturbed sleep or major shift in the sleep quality or pattern may also be a direct result of giving up smoking. Additionally, light-headedness and dizziness too are some common withdrawal symptoms.

Coughing
This if experienced incessantly may be alarming. However, a slight cough, cold or sneezing is said to indicate that your lungs are on their way towards getting better. 

Mood Changes

Sudden feelings of irritation, frustration, anxiety, anger, stress, paranoia, depression, depletion in energy levels, restlessness, memory problems, decreased concentration and focus too may be some signs of kicking the additive habit of smoking. In some people mood changes may range from a sudden outburst to loneliness. The key to staying strong on one’s goal is to  accept it as part of the process.

Additional symptoms
When one suddenly quits smoking, it affects the digestive tract and may lead to a week or two of constipation. Other symptoms that could be experienced include excessive sweating, shivering, abdominal cramp, tremors, headaches, etc. However, these are temporary and fade away with time.

While giving withdrawal symptoms time to disappear is essential, adopting strategies to manage these symptoms is the way forward to ease discomfort. The following list of strategies can help.

  • Staying busy or falling into a tight and well-structured schedule can help with smoke cravings and that of sugar-rich foods.
  • Being honest with oneself is key and this can be done by preparing a pro and con list of smoking. Additionally, keep your loved ones close and spend quality time with them.
  • Exercising regularly and sticking to a good diet can be a good distraction. Include activities like yoga, dancing, deep breathing zumba and meditation to combat anxiety.
  • Stay away from alcohol and caffeine. Keeping yourself hydrated and consuming natural fluids can help a great deal.
  • Enrol in support groups and talk to people who have already quit smoking and have started leading a healthy life.

Having quit, you can reward yourself and experience that much-needed improvement not only physically but also mentally. In addition to having a better sense of smell and taste, giving up smoking will ease breathing and boost fertility.

By: Anubha Hatwal | on 2021-06-04

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