For those who have quit smoking, CONGRATS! You’ve achieved what many cannot do. Cigarette smoking is an addiction that starts usually in the teenage and turns into a health hazard by the time you’re 30 years of age. I’m sure you already know that smoking affects your lungs and can lead to heart attacks or even lung cancer. But what you may not know is these 7 weird withdrawal symptoms that happen when you quit smoking:
Once you stop smoking your body, that has got used to nicotine intake, starts to wonder why it has stopped and cause several discomforts. Carbon monoxide is released when tobacco is burnt thereby decreasing the levels of oxygen in the body. This leads to acidity and belching. Your toes and finger tips turn warm.
You feel feverish 2 to 3 days after you quit smoking. Your body is adjusting to no intake of tobacco thereby leading to conflict within the body. There is also a sudden increase in oxygen levels. The fever is due to re-adjustment of your body to a different routine, minus tobacco.
Cigarettes suppress your hunger. Now that you’ve quit smoking, your appetite will improve and you’ll start to over eat. Take care of your diet as you’re likely to gain weight due to over eating.
This is one of the prominent after effects of quitting cigarettes. Gorging on food to keep away from cigarettes makes you over weight. It is better to take to exercising once you quit smoking. Also watch what you eat.
There is an intense craving to smoke again. Your hands itch to hold a cigarette. Take deep breaths and control your urge to smoke. This craving starts two hours after you quit smoking and goes on for two to three weeks. Turn your mind to sport or exercise or take to some hobby to distract your mind.
Angry and irritability
When you smoke, the nicotine inhaled goes to the brain there by changing the secretion of brain chemicals and fogging it. The brain chemistry is affected, changing your moods and emotions. You’re edgy and crave to smoke; yet you’re unable to. This makes you angry and irritated.
Once you quit smoking your craving for cigarette increases and your hands start to shake. This craving leads to anxiety and your brain moves into restless mode. Nicotine withdrawal leads to anxiety, stress and tension.
It is false to say that smoking helps in concentration. That’s not true. It affects your lungs, decreases oxygen level in your body and brain, thereby leading to heart attack and strokes. Prolonged period of smoking reduces your ability to think and weakens your system.
It is the first two to three weeks after you quit smoking that is crucial. Try nicotine replacement therapy to control the urge. There are gums, lozenges and patches that can help you to continue with your quit smoking resolve. If you can swim through the first two weeks, then you’re on the road to success.