Stop Smoking In Just 7 Days!
Surviving Without Smoke: Month 1
You could try making a craving playlist, chewing gum, or sipping water. Halfway through your first day, your carbon monoxide level is back to normal. And your heart will thank you. With 2 days down, treat yourself to something tasty. By this point, your senses of taste and smell get sharper as your nerve endings start to heal. Your lungs kick out mucus and other gunk left from cigarettes. This is also about the time when the toughest withdrawal symptoms show up. You might feel anxious, dizzy, hungry, or tired. You might get headaches or feel bored or depressed. Stick to your plan.
If you have asthma , your symptoms may get worse around this time. You can talk to your doctor about how to keep your symptoms in check. By the end of day 3, you breathe easier and have more energy. Your lungs start to recover and will keep getting better. During this time, you make huge strides.
Quitting Smoking: What Happens When You Quit Smoking
You can do more because your lungs are stronger and clearer, and your blood flow has improved. You can exercise without getting as winded. And your risk of a heart attack goes down even more. Everyone has different triggers for wanting to smoke. Ask for help if you need it. Or try 10 deep breaths, nice and slow.
At this point, you can take deeper, clearer breaths. It's intense but short, though it might not feel that way at the time. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms usually peak within the first 3 days of quitting, and last for about 2 weeks.
What happens to your body in the hours, days, weeks, months and years after you quit smoking
You should start to make plans before you quit. During the week before your "quit day," make the following preparations:. List all the reasons you want to kick the habit. Save them on your phone. Print them out on index cards and stash them where you used to put your cigarettes -- in your purse, in your desk drawer, on your nightstand.
The body's ability to mend is beauty to behold!
Pay attention to when you smoke, where, and with whom. Then make plans for what you can do instead. Do you usually have a cigarette with a cup of coffee in the morning? Think of alternatives that will keep your mind and body occupied. Pick a good quit day. First, you need to learn to delay the urge. Until the urge fades:. You can still be friends with them. If sitting outside your favorite coffee shop with your morning coffee and a cigarette is your old routine, you might find it almost impossible not to light up there.
Instead, have tea or juice or go inside, where smoking is not allowed. Many people associate alcohol with having a cigarette, so you might want to stay away from happy hour for a few weeks. Give yourself small rewards for every single day you make it through the first 2 weeks, and bigger ones at the end of week 1 and week 2. Many people smoke when they feel anxious, stressed, or depressed.
So instead of grabbing a cigarette, argue with yourself. Keep it up until you no longer feel like you need to smoke. What Happens When You Stop After you quit smoking, a lot of good things happen to your body pretty quickly. The symptoms of nicotine withdrawal include: If you make it through those first weeks, it gets a little easier.
Be Prepared You should start to make plans before you quit. During the week before your "quit day," make the following preparations: Continued Pick a good quit day.