AFTER YOU QUIT SMOKING
There are many changes and withdrawal symptoms to face when you stop
smoking. It won't be easy, but the positives will surely outweigh the
negatives. Your body will be going through a lot of changes. You'll
notice something new almost everyday.
Every moment, every sunrise, every sunset, and all the minutes
in between will be brand new experiences for you. Every new day is a
milestone, a new feeling, a different thought process, and a better
perspective on life. The longer you go without smoking, the stronger
and more in-tune with yourself you'll become. You'll be moving forward
in life, and you'll be feeling fantastic while doing it.
- Since smoking is an oral fixation,
your mouth will be creating a ton of saliva after you quit smoking. So
you might be swallowing a lot of spit during the first three weeks of
physical withdrawal. Expect some stomach aches because of that. I
developed a nasty habit of spitting. I couldn't help it. But it is
something that goes away over time once the side effects of quitting
Glossy eyes - To others, you'll look like
you just had laser eye surgery. This is just nicotine withdrawal coming
back at you. Expect some moments of dry eyes or bloodshot eyes. It's
nothing serious, but it is rather annoying. Eyedrops will cure the
redness. Try to rest more often than usual as your eyes are in a
sensitive state when you first quit.
Dizzy - You might lose your balance a few
times in that first week or so. The first day is always the worst, but
it can last up to 5 days in some people. It lasted that long for me. It
comes and goes in waves just like a sine curve. One moment you're fine,
and then next you're having a dizzy spell. Again, try to rest as much
as possible the first few days as those are the worst anyways. No need
to put yourself through tremendous torture when you can bypass some of
it and sleep it off.
Unusual high energy boost - You'll
experience this quite frequently a few days afterwards. You might even
think to yourself, "I feel utterly fantastic!" It's true, you WILL feel
that way! What's happening is that the REAL YOU is shining through.
Before, it was subdued by addiction. Plus it's your body's way of
telling you that it's healing. This more than likely will occur every
day for a few weeks after you get through the hard parts during the
beginning of your quit. Once the worst part is over with, then the real
fun begins. Everyday you'll jump out of bed and anxious to take on the
Whiter teeth - Since you won't be inhaling
anything, the yellow shade of your teeth will eventually lighten. It
may not go away completely, but you'll definitely notice the difference
once you quit. Your dentist will be the one who truly notices. They are
the ones who see the back of your teeth. If you
haven't gone to the dentist in years, and you're a smoker, the backs of
your teeth are a dark brown color. My dentist stopped what he was doing
and allowed me to see a clean tooth against a dirty tooth. It was
disgusting. The backs of my teeth were literally almost black from
Better singing voice - It makes sense that
when you're inhaling 20+ cigarettes everyday (or more), your singing
voice will not be very good. Once you stop smoking, your lungs will
clear out, the capacity itself will increase, and you'll be able to hit
those notes like you used to do. Do you like to sing? You'll be amazed
at how quickly your voice will return when you give up that nasty habit.
Waking up earlier - Now who knows what
your sleeping pattern was like when you were a smoker, but I'm sure it
wasn't very consistant. You'll sleep so much better, and you'll wake up
earlier REFRESHED! I love mornings now, it's my favorite part of the
day. As a smoker, I hit the snooze button numerous times until I
absolutely had to get up. Not anymore. Now I'm up with plenty of time
to get ready for my day. Sometimes I don't even need the alarm clock
anymore. I just instantly wake up when the sun rises, and I'm totally
OK with that.
Stomach pains - It goes through cycles,
yes, but they can be pretty painful. Sometimes you just want to curl up
in a little ball and cry. You just have to remember that it's only
the addiction and it's nothing else. You aren't really
getting sick, it's just your body's way of telling you it craves
cigarettes. The pain DOES go away, so there is a light at the end of
the tunnel. Drink some water, and eat some healthy foods. Treat your
body well and your body will thank you for it.
Of course there are 100's of good things that happen to you once you
stop. This is just a small list, and not conclusive at all. It's really
amazing how great you can actually feel on a day-to-day basis if you
put your mind
to it. Every new day brings new experiences, and after the withdrawal
is over with, all of them are good. Everyday you'll feel like a winner!
You'll never want to go back to your old lifestyle ever again.
Here's another helpful page that is very similar to mine and
tells you what to expect on Day 1 as soon as you wake up. It's called The
Day You Quit. The more information you know, the better off
you'll be in the long run. We are all in this together.
What Are Some Other
Changes You'll Notice?
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Congestion Ever since I quit smoking, it
seems like my nose is plugged everyday. It's winter time right now in
Canada and I think I came down with an illness at the ...
fixation My oral fixation still exists
and strives to be performed by any means possible. I have quit 6 months
now and I overeat and overchew gum.
Easy Method! I want to share my
experience with quitting smoking, because it is perhaps different from
the way that most people do it, but this is what worked for me....
From Quitting Cold Turkey I quit smoking
on May 30th, 2011, so it's been over 5 months now. I had to quit as
there was a "suspected" CAL that had never before shown up on an