Withdrawal Worries? What Happens After You Quit Smoking

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a) Dizziness-
Sometimes, you will experience?dizziness when you quit smoking. This is because of the increase in?oxygen in the blood combined with the blood pressure lowering back to?normal. For this reason, it is important for you to be careful if trying?to quit. Be aware of this possibility and don?t work too hard. You can?also try going for a walk, getting fresh air, or slowly changing?positions. Dizziness often lasts for several days before going away.

b)?Coughing, runny nose, and sore throat-
?No, this?isn?t a cold. When you quit smoking, your body?s respiratory system?attempts to clean itself out. This can result in excessive coughing and?even a runny nose. It is best to drink lots of fluids at this time in?order to help your body cleanse itself.

At the same time, you may?get a sore throat. This is because your throat is clearing away the tar?and nicotine and growing new tissues. Sucking on sweets or throat?lozenges can help, as can eating honey.

c) Tightness in chest,?flatulence, constipation, and headaches-
Again, you aren?t sick. This?isn?t the flu; these are withdrawal symptoms as your body attempts to?recover from the nicotine, tar, and other toxins it endured from?smoking. The tight chest is actually caused from all of the coughing you?have been doing. Your chest muscles have become sore, so you need to do?relaxation exercises and try some deep breathing to relax your chest?muscles.

The movement in your intestines temporarily slowing down?causes the flatulence and constipation. If you eat plenty of fiber and?drink lots of fluids, you should see a little relief. The headaches are?the result of an increased blood flow to your brain. In addition, this?blood has more oxygen. Relaxation exercises and drinking fluids will?also help with this problem.

d) Mood changes, concentration?troubles, and fatigue-
You will most likely feel irritable or angry?when you quit smoking. This is because your body is desperate to get?more nicotine. Relaxation exercises can help you get through this. It is?also important to let your anger out in a safe way. If you try to bottle?it up, you will become tenser and you will feel a greater need to have?another cigarette.

You may also have difficulty concentrating.?This goes back to the increased blood flow to you brain. Basically, your?brain is not used to this and is not sure what to do. It is used to?relying on the stimulation provided by the nicotine. It will take a few?weeks for it to remember how to do its job without the help of the drug.

You might even experience boredom or feel like you are?cooped up. This is because you are missing your ?friend,? the cigarette.?You are used to spending time with your cigarette and occupying yourself?with smoking. You need to try to find new things to do that will keep?both your hands and your mind busy. Try riding a bike, going for a short?walk, or swimming. Or, do a small task that will keep your hands busy,?such as cooking, doing dishes, painting, writing a letter, knitting,?sewing, or gardening. You might even run a few errands or get out of the?house for another reason, such as to watch a movie.