Here Are Some Golden Tips for the Next Few Days – Hang In There!
The first day is mentally hard, you’re grieving the loss of your cigarettes as the cravings start to ramp up. The absolute best thing you can do is reframe how you look at your quit, look at it as a long journey that ends with incredible rewards. If you just make it through the first week, it gets so much easier from there. So just accept that you have to deal with this right now, and try to embrace it even though it’s hard.
Also, try to do some of the following things:
1. Remember that a lot of the negative emotions you’re feeling are because smoking was a long-term habit that you aren’t doing, and it’s driving your brain a little crazy. No big deal, just ride it out.
2. Try thinking about or testing some new rituals to do when you feel the urge. Start doodling, write a journal entry, start cleaning the house, do pushups. Keep your mind and body busy, and the urges of habit will slowly fade.
3. Exercise. Walk, run, row, waddle…whatever you have to do to get your blood pumping. Exercise will not only make you feel better but also help speed up the body’s healing process and detoxification.
4. Water. Drink a ton of water, dehydration is a huge trigger, plus it makes the cravings feel so much worse. Stay hydrated and take the power away from them.
5. You’ve almost gone 24 hours without. That’s a long time, you are 1/3 of the way out of the worst part of quitting (first 3 days). You’re already almost there.
6. Stay away from smokers, smoke, lighters or anything like that. The temptation is always through the roof in the beginning. Seriously, stay AWAY from those crazy triggers.