The side effects of quitting smoking, also called withdrawal symptoms, are commonly both emotional and physical. Physical side effects may consist of coughing, sore throat, and headaches. It takes about three days for the nicotine to be washed away from the body's system. The physical side effects usually subside after about a week. These physical effects usually don't last more than one week at the most.
Emotional side effects of quitting smoking often include thoughts of anxiety, restlessness or irritability. You might complain of feeling stressed out or have trouble sleeping. These emotional effects might linger a month or longer. It can be helpful to recognize that the healing process commonly includes these feelings. It helps to realize that these feelings are typical during the healing process. They are temporary and hopefully, will soon be gone.
It may feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster, feeling energetic one day and feeling annoyed and irritated the next. Your usual routine of smoking to relieve tension and boredom has been broken. The easiest way to handle the stress seemed to be to take a cigarette break. You might worry about gaining weight. You are used to having something in your hand and may substitute food for the cigarette.
Breaking your routine is the secret to dealing with the highs and lows of emotion. A great way to do this is to use self-hypnosis to quit smoking. Hypnosis is established to be a successful method to help people to give up cigarettes though it is often misunderstood. You will not become a zombie. Hypnosis can help you to stop smoking. Hypnosis helps to change the way you think about cigarettes and gives you the control you need to stop.
During self-hypnosis (all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis) you can remove the need and desire to smoke. When you don't have the desire to smoke, there is no feeling of deprivation. Your desire to become a non-smoker is supported during hypnosis when your subconscious mind is open to accepting suggestions. Programming and habits are changed very quickly through this process. You are not a smoker from birth. You learned to become one and you can now learn a new habit.
You may have been telling yourself that it is really tough to stop smoking. Up until now you believed it. All this negative self talk reinforced your failure to quit. Using self hypnosis, you can be open to hearing constructive suggestions that will encourage you to quit. All of the side effects of quitting smoking will soon be in the past.