Should you try to quit smoking cold turkey? There are smokers that manage but in the norm it is best to plan. Going cold turkey gives shivers to many, because they fear the hardship of it. Some look at quitting cold turkey as a symbol of masculinity or mental strength.
What many people underestimate is the strength that the years of nicotine and toxins addiction have on us, both physically and also mentally. To cure yourself from this addiction, it would be best to do it with a quit plan. The quit plan will help you handle the physical and emotional dependence to smoking.
There is no one shoe fit for everybody. In fact there are many experiences that can be shared and used that can make your quitting experience easier and more importantly, successful. Out goal at LetMeQuit.com is to help you achieve this. Share with us and everybody your experiences.
Do you want to?
Well the first thing you need to quit smoking is the desire and want to quit. Many people know that smoking is bad for them, and that somewhere deep down they would like to quit, but actually doing it is a different story. Without the desire to quit and start a better life, the journey will be probably doomed. Many people try and fail. Don’t be discouraged, many do not manage on their first attempt.
The best way to succeed is go quit prepared. That is why we recommend the quit plan. Let’s remember that you need to counter all the pull of the nicotine and the other toxin chemicals added in cigarettes. Nicotine addiction is no joke. It is strong! You have been throwing it inside your body for some time, and your body and mind will instinctively yearn for this drug.
let’s accept that you will yearn for cigarettes or tobacco. You will not just switch off your cravings. So how do you overcome all this? Withdrawal symptoms can be managed and controlled. The body and mind will pull. You need to be able to push the habit away. But how do you achieve this? You achieve this by being prepared.
Try to plan when you are going to quit. If you know that a period is normally stressful you might avoid that. You probably will start craving for a cigarette within an hour of quitting. This will depend on how well you have planned this. If you have over the weeks decreased the number of cigarettes you smoke every day. Changed your habits. Yes the craving will start. This is in part triggered by the drop in nicotine levels and for the first three to five days this will be constant. After that they will decrease.
So how do you control these cravings?
There are a number of methods. probably the classic one is to counter it with sugar levels and food. But there are other methods. Drink water is one of them. Keep in mind that a craving is a short lived urge. You can live through it. Try to distract yourself when this happens. Breathing techniques help and so does yoga. Exercise helps. Also remember why you decides to quite and force your mind to think and rationalize.
Withdrawal symptoms come in various forms. For some the symptoms are mild but for others they are harder. Again, this depends on the build up to quit day. Common physical withdrawal symptoms include headaches, fatigue, cough, excessive mucous, stomach upset and dizziness. Most of these should subside after the first week and they are things that you can live through. In conclusion this is your body trying to detox itself.
Along with the physical symptoms there are the mental symptoms. Clearly emotional dependence is one of the difficulties in quitting smoking. These are probably more difficult to handle. Probably it is this that triggers people to relapse and start smoking again. But handling your emotional dependence is imperative. Some people see mood swings, anger, even depressions and anxiety all caused by emotional withdraw. It is at this moment that many say, well let me have just one!
Cold turkey relapse
Statistics show that smokers that stop cold turkey are more likely to relapse than other smokers than others that have a quit plan and use support products. They are more likely to fall for the urge to take one or two puffs, or just that one cigarette. As a result, that suddenly becomes a packet. Many people who failed their attempt to quit also end up smoking more than before they quit.
Most of all let’s remember that relapsing puts you back to square one, and you need to start the reset button again. You are fighting against yourself and your brain will try every sly trick it has up its sleeve to convince you that you should take that one puff. Yet if you do relapse don’t give up. A relapse may be a setback. But it is not a failure.
Furthermore it is worth consider some form of nicotine support in your quitting program. This is called nicotine replacement and can come in a number of forms. You can find our guide to some of the products you can use here.
Finally, feel free to support others with your experiences and comments.
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