Some days will be easy, and some will be tough. But none of it is impossible to get through. You may not notice any symptoms at all some days, and then a week down the road, it may hit you like a brick. Everyone is different, and every quit experience is different. Nicotine remains in the blood for 3 weeks, but during those 3 weeks, anything can happen. Day 20 can be just as hard as Day 1.
Don't be fooled because you aren't feeling anything. That is how addiction gets you. You need to FOCUS hard every single minute. Forget about focusing, and that's precisely when you're caught off guard, resulting in a relapse. Just because the last two days were terrific and you didn't feel a thing, doesn't mean tomorrow won't be the worst day yet. It's quite possible it might be. Never assume anything.
You may be fine all day long, but as the night progresses, it gets worse. You may be completely convinced to light up, even though earlier in the day you were totally against it. That's how hard addiction strikes.
Let's take a look at some of the symptoms so you know what to expect as soon as you quit:
I've had people at work ask me if I was OK, because I looked all glassy-eyed to them. Of course I would say I had a late night and stayed up too long.
You'll encounter a loss of balance, too. I'm not saying you're going to fall over, just that at times, you may take a wrong step or look at something the wrong way. This is common, and it will go away over time. It's really nothing to worry about.
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On top of that, you may get a metallic taste in your mouth, and your teeth might excude some minor pain. These things aren't anything too terrible, but they are precisely the reason many people turn to food. There is an oral fixation void that needs to be filled. It's OK to eat, though. Don't think for one second that you should avoid eating to stay thin. Quitting should be your #1 priority, not your weight.
That doesn't mean you have to eat all day long. Chewing gum is a good option, drinking water, juices, and simply taking a nap to get throught it are also good options. Don't believe the myth that you have to pig-out to successfully quit. It's not true at all. Also, don't believe the myth that you will gain enormous weight when you quit, because in reality, you'll have more energy, and that will drive you to be more active in your everyday life. You'll burn calories naturally.
This is where music comes into play. If you're going to be thinking negative thoughts all day, which is common, why don't you try to fill those thoughts with inspirational music? Make a playlist on your MP3 player. Listen to it all day if you can. The more positive thoughts, the less space for negative ones. It really does help. Music is an imperative tool to use to fight addiction.
Although this is nothing to be concerned about, as it passes after Day 1 or 2, it might be a good idea to dress accordingly. I've made the mistake at work before and didn't wear an undershirt, and to be rather blunt, I was a sweaty mess all day and I was embarrassed.
It's not necessarily the addiction that's causing you to sweat, but the nervous thoughts and anxiety associated with quitting. If you're constantly worried about what the next 30 minutes will be like, you're bound to sweat. Not a huge deal, just expect it to happen. Wear an undershirt if you have to work.
Why do I get bloated? Not precisely sure, but I'm sure it has to do directly with how much food I've eaten all day. If I've gorged on food all day long, then there is a very high chance I will be bloated at night, and that will impair my breathing.
It also seems to occur when I haven't eaten that much, thought not nearly as debilitating. I would even go as far to say that it's the amount of food eaten at night on Day 1 (or Day 2) that determines the amount of bloating and tightness in my chest.
I would advise eating a lot during the day, and then taking a break at night, resting and doing other stuff, rather than stuffing your face all day long. You'll regret it. That is just a myth and certainly isn't true. You might even lose weight while quitting. I certainly did. I ate more, but I was more active, because I had more energy. You'll see.
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