Quitting smoking and the effects it has on your body
Quitting smoking represents a very important and hard decision in any smoker’s life. It isn’t an event but a process which implies a number of physical and emotional reactions, as it represents giving up a strong drug such as nicotine. The hardness of the physical symptom depends on the level of addiction the smoker has towards this drug. For example if a smoker lights the cigar before he climbs down the bed it means that he is in an advanced degree of addiction so he will have to face up the most severe symptom when he gives up smoking such as irritation, a sort of difficulty in trying to concentrate on a problem, headaches and anxiety.
Dizziness and the state of sleepiness are common effects to most of the smokers who try to give up this bad habit. On the other part, during night, people who recently gave up smoking can experience insomnia as they need the tranquilizing effect of nicotine. The tendency to replace cigars with sweets, candies or greasy food is very common although it can have unwanted effects such as nausea, constipation or diarrhea.
The desire to smoke is very powerful in the first 24 hours and tends to disappear after seven days. After that the appetite comes back in the course of eight weeks and periodical for nine years. The need to smoke a cigar seems to be smaller in the morning and it reaches the top in the evening. Those who quit smoking gradually “suffer” more because they “feed” the addictions enough so that the appetite grows day by day. Quitting up smoking represents changing your lifestyle because it implies a certain modification in any daily activities such as the time spent at work, eating or watching some TV programs.
Researchers have discovered some strategies in order to diminish the effects that quitting smoking has on the body. At the beginning, in the first weeks, you should avoid any kind of parties or meetings where people smoke. In order to avoid the tendency to smoke after you eat, rise up immediately after you have finished eating.
If you have the appetite to smoke a cigar you should try to divert your attention from that thought by doing any kind of activity. Some ex-smokers find useful imagining sick lungs having as cause smoking. This terrifying image helps many smokers realize the negative effects that smoking has. As an ex–smoker you should try to replace this addiction with activities such as jogging, fitness or gardening. You can also crunch a carrot, celery or sun-flower seeds.
Even if you feel like the need to smoke is powerful than any other thing, you should think that the bad effects that smoking has are so terrifying that any effort to quit this bad habit is worth.