Dealing with withdrawal
Nicotine withdrawal is both physical and mental. Nicotine replacement and other medicines can help reduce physical symptoms. But the mental part of quitting may be your biggest challenge.
You can make it through the mental challenges by changing your habits and recognizing your rationalizations. If you used to have a cigarette when you woke up, drank coffee or alcohol or got in the car, you need to remove the link between these activities and smoking. That means doing something else. For example, instead of smoking after you drink coffee, go for a quick walk.
The other mental challenge to overcome is rationalizations. These mistaken thoughts may seem to make sense at the time, but aren't realistic. Believing these thoughts for even a moment could result in smoking again. Some common rationalizations are:
- "I'll just have one."
- "I'll quit tomorrow."
- "It's my only bad habit."
Look out for rationalizations and recognize them as potential quitting roadblocks. When they come up, do something on your list of activities to redirect your thoughts.