Cope with Withdrawal

How to Cope

Not everyone who quits using tobacco products will have withdrawal symptoms. For those who do have withdrawal, the symptoms will not last long. They may last for a few days after quitting to a week or so. Here are some tips to help you cope with withdrawal.

  • Exercise and get plenty of rest if you feel grouchy or nervous, have trouble sleeping, or feel tired and weak
  • Sit down if you feel dizzy. The feeling will soon pass
  • Eat foods high in fiber, such as grain products, fruits and vegetables to prevent constipation
  • Try to avoid stress. Relax or take deep breaths through your nose and breathe out slowly through your mouth if you feel stressed
  • Call a friend if you feel depressed
  • Drink plenty of fluids like water and fruit juice to help flush nicotine out of your system. But don’t drink fluids with caffeine in it like sodas, coffee, and tea

More than likely you will gain some weight. Most people do not gain more than about 10 pounds. To decrease your weight gain you should:

  • Eat regular meals
  • Eat things like fresh fruit, popcorn or vegetable sticks for snacks
  • Drink extra water to help you feel full
Last Updated: 02-18-2014
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