Beating the Odds on Your First Smoke-Free Weekend
The first week of smoking cessation is usually referred to as “HELL WEEK”. Most smokers will tell you that there’s really no other word that can best describe it but hell. The feeling is cause by the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings one feels for the first week Many people try to fight the urge by keeping themselves busy at work, at home or in school. When you have a lot of things to do, you often forget about smoking, hence, you crave it less. But during weekends, things can get overwhelming. Because the weekend is basically the time to relax, maybe even have a glass of cold beer, unwind, watch TV, mingle with friends, and – smoke. And causing one to slip spoiling the efforts and hard work from the previous week.
If you want to get through hell-week, you have to plan and prepare. With the right combination you will be strong and resist the craving with very little effort.
The first step is not to think of it as “hell week.” Otherwise, the first week of quitting smoking is going to be a one long, agonizing week. The mere fact that you decided to quit smoking is one big manifestation that you can quit. Just a little more push and you’ll succeed. If you’re having troubles resisting a cigarette during weekends or when you’re feeling an intense craving, below are some tips and recommendations that might help:
Keep Your Weekend Busy
You can still enjoy your weekend while keeping yourself busy. Try to engage in activities that you find enjoyable. For instance, you can enroll in a fitness club, learn a new sport, attend a cooking lesson, do some window shopping, eat in a smoke-free restaurant, etc. Distractions are a great tool to fight craving. In whatever activity you are going to spend time with, your goal is to keep your thoughts focused to it and forget about smoking.
You’ll experience craving from time to time no matter how busy you are so expect for it. Nonetheless, you
Distractions are a great tool to fight craving. In whatever activity you are going to spend time with, your goal is to keep your thoughts focused to it and forget about smoking.
can still get through it by doing some quick and fun activities which will divert your thoughts right away.
Rest if You Must
During the week, you will feel a little sluggish, this is part of the withdrawal symptoms. I would recommend going for a brisk walk or jog. But if you are really tired the best way to beat it is to get some rest? It would be ideal if you could take a power nap no matter how tight your schedule is. This will allow you to recharge your batteries and gain extra energy to resist the craving and deal with the withdrawal symptoms.
Many people tend to build an indestructible link between smoking and just about anything in their lives. So there’s really no point wondering why it’s too hard to quit. Smoking cessation is a process, not an event which takes place in an instance. But each day you don’t smoke, you’re slowly breaking free from the chain that binds you to smoke addiction.