Quitting smoking is going to come with a whole new set of challenges and if you have been doing your homework you have a general idea of what to expect, smoking cravings!
Smoking cravings come in many forms and degrees. In fact, you can experience cravings years from your quit date. However, for the general purpose of this post we are going to look at how to stop smoking cravings related to nicotine withdrawal.
Your body will begin to experience nicotine withdrawal within hours of quitting smoking. As a smoker you smoked every so often just to keep from letting the withdrawal symptoms from getting too bad. Remember those times when you were unable to sneak off for a quick smoke you began to experience anxiety, irritableness, and restlessness. Those are all symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
Tips to Stop Smoking Cravings
The day you quit smoking you can expect to start experiencing nicotine withdrawal shortly after your first cigarette. If this was the night before you are going to wake to a strong desire to smoke and the best way to fight the urge is to keep yourself busy. Brush your teeth right away and use mouthwash. Mix up your routine a bit, the urge to smoke will come and go. Don’t let your mind dwell on thoughts of not smoking but on thoughts of positive things that you will be doing throughout the day. Get physically active and avoid sugary and fatty foods because these can lead to the desire to smoke. The power of the mind is mighty, it is what has kept you smoking for years and is what will break the habit for good. You just need to know how to make it work for you not against you.
List of Common Nicotine Withdrawal Cravings
- Feeling irritable
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased appetite
The thing to remember is that these cravings will come and go, nicotine cravings typically don’t last longer than five minutes at a time. You can make it five minutes can’t you???
For the most part nicotine will be out of the body within three or so days. However, these types of cravings can linger on for 1 to 3 weeks before subsiding almost completely.
If you are struggling with nicotine cravings there are many aids on the market that can assist you (OTC Nicotine Patches, Gum, and Lozenges). Some will continue to feed your body nicotine while you tackle the habit of smoking while others take a natural approach to lessen the effects of nicotine withdrawal.