merline, quit coach
12 Sep 2018
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22 Oct 2018
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Hi maddies mama,
First of all congratulations because it’s not easy
to remain smoke-free.
Please note that withdrawal usually starts a few
hours after you stop and may peak in 2 or 3 days. You should begin to feel
better after that. Some people get through it quickly, while for others it can
Each smoker has different withdrawal symptoms. The
most common are:
Irritability, restlessness, impatience, nervousness
Poor concentration, dizziness
Sleep Disruption, awakening at night
Mild depression, tiredness, anxiety
Headache, constipation, gas, stomach pains
Increased appetite, hunger, desire to smoke, mouth ulcers,
colds, sore throat, coughing.
Here are some ways some smokers cope with the withdrawal
Any kind of exercise can help. This can be hard to do when you are feeling
down, but making the effort can pay off.
Structure your day.
Create a plan to stay busy.
Do things with other people.
Try to connect with people regularly,
whether it’s in person, over the phone, or via text message.
Build rewards into your life.
Finding ways to reward yourself can help lift your mood. Even small things,
like reading a magazine or listening to music, can add up and help you feel
Do what used to be fun.
Try making a list of activities or events that you enjoy and plan to do one a
You don’t have to deal with negative moods alone. Your friends, family, and
others who are important to you can support you. Let them know what they can do
to help, if you have any questions or concerns about quitting, you can call
Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 (toll-free) and visit smokershelpline.ca
and the Community of quitters.
mama remember, most symptoms will go away in a while. If your symptoms persist
for a long time then see your Doctor.
One day at a time!