How To Stay On Track After Quitting Smoking
June 08, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

How To Stay On Track After Quitting Smoking

 

When trying to quit smoking, it is both physically and emotionally challenging. So, it of utmost importance to be aware of these challenges and face them head-on. Smoking is often used in an attempt to reduce stress or other emotions, such as depression, anxiety, and even boredom. All of these emotions will continue to be with you throughout your lifetime, so adopting alternative stress reducers is a therapeutic approach to coping with these feelings. Moving forward, it is crucial to understand that this process will not be natural, and the more prepared for the endeavor, the smoother it will be. 

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Triggers and withdrawal symptoms are to be expected throughout the cessation process. Triggers are defined as certain situations that spark the desire to smoke, and becoming aware of them is the best possible way to curb the urge.  People, places, situations, and, as previously mentioned, emotions can trigger your desire to smoke. Taking note of when and what sparked the desire is essential to achieve the needed self-awareness to withdraw yourself from the triggers.

Withdrawal symptoms will be most common during the first few weeks following the last cigarette. Symptoms include irritability, cravings, increased hunger, headaches, tremors, depression, and difficulty sleeping.  These symptoms are only temporary, and they will be relatively short-lived as the toxins continue to leave the body. To curb the urges and the symptoms associated with smoking cessation, speak with your doctor about specific medications that can be utilized to assist you.            

The journey of living “tobacco-free” is one that will last a lifetime. Every day that goes by without a cigarette is one to celebrate.  If you relapse, do not be discouraged, but rather gather your support group around you and try again. Shifa4U is here to make this process easier, so speak with best addiction treatment specialist in Pakistan today if you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms or uncontrollable cravings. 

 

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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She is currently staying at home with her children while continuing to work towards bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians. She is a wife to Max McKay, and a mom to two boys, Titus (3) & Silas (1).