How to Cope with Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

Nicotine Withdrawal Symptom is only but a feeling, it’s neither good nor bad until the smoker chooses a decision brought about by this stimuli. It is a feeling that if one submits to it can chain him to a lifetime of misery or it can be used to his aid to free him from the slavery and addiction caused by nicotine.

What is Nicotine Withdrawal Symptom?

When we say withdrawal symptom, it means it is a feeling that a person succumbs to when something is withdrawn from his/her body. Simply put withdrawal symptoms are urges that your body tells you that something is missing or has been withdrawn. You have the option to stop this urges by replacing back what was lost, in this case nicotine by smoking or continue abstaining from this addictive substance until the body becomes independent from it and soon the withdrawal symptoms will go away. The following listed below are some common things that are felt temporarily when the smoker is deprived of nicotine.

  • Irritability
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Dry mouth

Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms can Chain You to a Lifetime Slavery

At the very first signal of at least one of the symptoms mentioned above, the smoker thinks that that he/she needs to smoke. By the way the smoker interprets these symptoms negatively which makes the process of quitting much more difficult. The smoker chooses to believe that the only way to relieve himself from this misery is by grabbing a cigarette to get his doze of nicotine. Not knowing, if the level of nicotine in his body drops down, again this miserable feeling of withdrawal comes back again so he grabs another cigarette to get another doze and commits himself to a cycle of lifetime misery, addiction and slavery. These symptoms also causes the feeling of panic when the smoker sees that he is running low of supply of cigarettes. It drives him mad to buy cigarettes even in the middle of the night if the smoker runs out supply of nicotine. What a pity, little does the smoker know that the withdrawal stage has another side of the story, the withdrawal stage can tell a very good ending if used the right way.

Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms are Signs of Healing if Taken Positively

If you will look at nicotine withdrawal symptoms in another perspective, it can be seen as a sign of healing. A typical example is a deep wound, it hurts, it causes discomfort but those negative feelings are all temporary. When it’s nearly healed, it becomes itchy and slight pain can be felt when you put pressure on it. But after the healing process is done all the discomfort disappears. So it is the same thing with smoking. The withdrawal stage will give you discomfort but take this as a healing process and the more you feel the discomfort the more you should be thankful that your body is doing its job in cleaning itself. Whether you quit cold turkey or use replacement therapy, you will undergo the withdrawal period and it’s up to you to use this feeling to your aid and help you cope up in quitting smoking.

Coping with Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

How you will interpret your body’s reaction to nicotine withdrawal symptoms is entirely up to you. If you will look at it as signal to smoke like an addict or a fear that you think will take the life out of you, you will find quitting very difficult. But if you will take it as a process that your body needs to expel the poisonous substance inside your body, your almost half-way in quitting. Withdrawal period is not painful, use autosuggestion, self-suggestion, read no smoking books, Ebooks, condition your mind properly, use the nicotine withdrawal symptoms to your aid and soon you will realize quitting smoking is very easy. The withdrawal stage will offer you enjoyment, whenever those symptoms present themselves, take them positively and be thankful to yourself that now you are a quitter. Keep on reminding yourself that the withdrawal stage is a detoxification process and will release you from the slavery of smoking.

If you become irritable, or feel anything miserable during the withdrawal stage, just remind yourself that your body is being healed and soon all this negative feelings will go away. Keep on saying that, do not succumb to the trap laid by nicotine ahead of you. Although it depends from person to person, for me it took 5 days before the withdrawal symptoms became weak from bothering me. Lastly, believe in yourself, like I mentioned in my previous article it took a lot of trial and error and practice before I quit successfully. Trust yourself, you too can quit successfully!

So the next time you feel those nicotine withdrawal symptoms or urges, just tell yourself “thank you my body is now in the process of healing and detoxifying itself…”

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2 Responses to “How to Cope with Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms”

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  1. ana says:

    you mentioned your withdrawal symptoms only lasted five days. And you did not really touch on the severity of some of these symptoms like night seats, involuntary muscle spasms, anxiety, depression, etc. I have not smoked in 91 days today and I am still struggling with restlessness, mind racing during attempted sleep and all of the above. This has been hell. all the stop smoking pamphlets fail to touch on these symptoms that will hit you like a Tsunami and latches on for months at a time. Help…How do I handle my triggers? It feels like I am constantly being bombarded with stress factors every fifteen minutes. I have bought a bottle of kids bubbles to relax it helps sometimes because of the exhaling into the wand I guess emulates exhaling cigarette smoke. I have started crossword puzzles to keep my mind occupied and coloring books to relax…

  2. Norman says:

    Great post, unlike other articles which is very theoretical, this one thoroughly explains how to use withdrawal symptoms to quit smoking. Thanks.

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