Top 7 Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms and What to Do with Them

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

Dr. Howell

Not all smokers are going to experience symptoms of nicotine withdrawal once they quit. But most do. If you are one of them, the best thing you can do is to prepare. Let’s talk about the most common withdrawal symptoms and what you can do to get rid of them.

Fatigue

Recovery from nicotine addiction can be physically and mentally stressful. Quitting requires some concentration, self discipline and resilience. As a result, some smokers may experience varying levels of fatigue and tiredness. One good Young-woman-practicing-morning-43167745way to deal with fatigue is to practice stress management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, exercise and of course, quality rest and sleep. When you are quitting, you want to avoid getting too much stressed as much as possible. Otherwise, you may end up experiencing burnout that can trigger you to light up again.

Headache

As your body gets more oxygen, you may experience headache and dizziness during the first weeks of quitting smoking. Fortunately, there are several ways to deal with these symptoms. These include drinking lots of fluids like water and fruit juice, exercising at low intensity, taking warm baths, and taking painkillers as necessary.

Cough


Coughing after quitting smoking is a sign that your body is healing. Here’s why – tobacco use damages the microscopic hairs or cilia that line your lungs. When you stop smoking, mucus is cleared from your lungs to allow the cilia to become active again. As a result, you may cough more than usual, perhaps for several weeks. But you can speed up the process by staying well hydrated. You may also consider using humidifier or vaporizer in your home or work area.

Constipation

Even your intestines become dependent to nicotine that their operation is disrupted during withdrawal. In addition to constipation, you may also experience other uncomfortable issues like stomach cramps. But then, as your body learns to function without nicotine again, everything will go back to normal. For the meantime, you may want to be more careful on the food you eat and avoid those that can trigger upset stomach.

Sleep disturbances

Sleep issues make the life of smokers more stressful during the quit process. Sleep disturbances may be anything from insomnia to feeling lethargic or dizzy the whole day, and waking up several times during the night. Relaxation techniques are

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A way to deal with withdrawal is to practice stress management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, exercise and of course sleep.


a good way to combat sleep issues. You may consider getting a massage, acupuncture, or a hot shower.

Junkie thinking


This is one of the most disturbing symptoms of nicotine withdrawal is junkie thinking, which refers to the inner voice that tells you to smoke just one cigarette every now and then. Mental diversion and optimism can help you overcome this symptom. Keep your mind busy by engaging in activities that you enjoy doing.

Anger, frustration, and irritability

Along with junkie thinking, you may also experience anger, anxiety, irritability and other undesirable emotions that make quitting worse. But these are just temporary. It could be helpful to seek guidance from a professional counselor or a smoking cessation specialist to overcome these obstacles.

No matter what method you use, you are more likely to encounter one or more symptoms of nicotine withdrawal during your quit smoking journey. But you must not give in to these symptoms. Remember, they are not going to be there forever. There are many ways to overcome these symptoms and achieve your quit smoking goals.


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