You have finally decided to quit smoking! That’s great but that’s just the first step to making your heart and lungs happier. You are on the road to becoming healthier. The people around you won’t have to deal with second-hand smoke anyone. It’s a win-win for everyone. But what happens when you quit smoking?
What’s Going to Happen Now?
Part of quitting is dealing with the withdrawal symptoms and it can be very challenging. These withdrawals symptoms caused too many smokers to fail to break the smoking habit. To get through this ordeal, you will need all the resolve you can muster – emotionally and physically.
What Symptoms to Expect at this Stage?
Expect yourself to have strong cravings at first. Your body is used to getting a regular fix of nicotine. You will crave getting a smoke. You will feel restless. It is recommended to also reduce your caffeine intake because your body absorbs more caffeine than usual when you have quit smoking. Caffeine can also aggravate the withdrawal symptoms you are feeling. You will feel more anxious and irritable. You may also feel depressed or angry but it is all normal.
You will have food cravings and have an increased appetite. Be careful not to gain too much weight. You will start coughing a lot. This is just a sign that your lungs is trying to clean itself which it couldn’t do when nicotine is present in your system. You will experience bouts of headaches and dizziness. You may experience fatigue, shaking and even constipation.
Chewing gum and exercising can help you deal with the withdrawal symptoms.
After 2 weeks without nicotine, you’ll start feeling better. Some of the symptoms may persists for up to 4 weeks. If you still the symptoms after four weeks without cigarettes, you’ll want to check in with your doctor.
When quitting smoking, you can switch to nicotine free vape pens. This kind of vape can help you to ease withdrawal symptoms without taking the nicotine in your body. The nicotine does not stay in your body for a long time after you quit.
Vaping can lessen the negative and painful effects of quitting such as headaches and shaking. If you are new to vaping then you should know how to vape properly. A lot of smokers have switched to vaping to have a healthier body and lifestyle. Some of them choose to slowly reduce their nicotine intake. Quitting will take longer but the withdrawal symptoms won’t be as intense.
The positive effect of not smoking cigarettes begins as early as twenty minutes to 24 hours of not smoking. In that timeframe, you have already decreased the risk of heart attack. You will also notice that your breathing is getting better, your sense of smell and taste will also improves.