Smoking cessation is often associated with anxiety: withdrawal symptoms, weight gain. Follow this guide to turn the corner without cracking.

The main withdrawal symptoms are dizziness, fatigue, obsessive desire to smoke, irritability, insomnia, cough, constipation, hunger. Once you know these symptoms and their duration, you accept the idea easier to face them and resist them. You can then decide when to begin weaning your. Why not for the new year? If you find that it’s too cliche, so why not your birthday or a weekend? The most important thing is your intention to quit. Then this is the implementation of the decision that embodies your intent. Finally, it is the commitment that each day you confirm your decision to stick with your commitment: free yourself permanently from the grip of tobacco.

Dizziness: learn to breathe and stretch

Duration: 1 to 2 days. Your body gets an increased amount of oxygen in the blood. This is comparable to a state of hyperventilation. Take a few slow breaths followed by deep breaths. Yawn and stretch. Repeat several times if necessary.


Fatigue: move, eat healthy and drink plenty

Duration: between 1 week and 1 month. Your body adapts gradually to nicotine withdrawal, which he used as fuel. Try to move up and eat only healthy foods. Drink plenty of water. Take naps an hour to recover.

Obsessive desire to smoke

Duration: about 2 weeks. Your metabolism is not yet producing enough endorphins. Unpleasant life situations may arise: the insidious little voice that makes you doubt, unfounded fears, etc.. Especially, react quickly occupy your mind, do something, speak, write. Anyway, keep your mind on what has caused envy.


Duration: varies according to personality. Your body, accustomed to his drug reacts with stress deprivation can cause restlessness, irritability and even anger. Tell yourself that this is a normal reaction that only proves that you will soon be free. Indulge yourself with activities you enjoy. Have fun and laugh as often as possible.

Pressure on the eyes and head

Duration: the first day. Your body is nicotine withdrawal. This is the origin of the tension. Relax. Take deep breaths. A head massage will make you really good.

Insomnia: walking, bathing, massage, or reading sex

Duration: 2 to 3 weeks. The first week, some former smokers may have disturbed sleep. Avoid taking stimulants (coffee, energy drinks). Do not deprive yourself of a walk outside after dinner. Take a bath, drink a glass of skim milk and, if possible, get a massage before going to bed. You can also watch a movie, read a good book or, better yet, make love, which will release endorphins in your body relaxing.

Cough: physical activity and drink water

Duration: 3 to 4 weeks. The respiratory system begins to drain properly, thanks to the cilia lining the bronchial tubes. The latter were affected by the poisons, tar and carbon, which constitute the smoke absorbed. That is, somehow, self-cleaning biological happens naturally. If you practice regular physical activity (even walking 30 minutes a day), that you feed a variety of healthy foods and you drink a lot of water, you will be helping nature to clean up your airways.

Constipation: eat fruit

Duration: 3 to 4 weeks. Nicotine has used the body to intestinal stimulation. The intestines should return to their functions in a natural way, without fuel. Drinking water, fruit, raw vegetables and whole grain products. Physical activity can also contribute a lot to get rid of constipation ..

Hunger: nibble yes, but low calorie foods

Duration: 3 to 4 weeks. Be wary of habit, developed by smoking, constantly wearing something in his mouth. Snack often, but mini quantites, healthy foods and low in calories.

Trend for sweet foods

Duration: a few weeks. The reason is that smoking has upset the metabolism of sugars. Have a snack high in protein (nuts, yogurt, cheese), and avoid sugar like the plague. Opt for meals that contain foods rich in complex carbohydrates (breads, cereals, whole grain pasta) Take fruit or desserts low heat.