Quitting smoking isn’t easy, as anyone who has attempted to can attest. But that first week might actually be the hardest. That’s when the nicotine is on your system the most, and the first couple days are in fact the worst of all. The pull of nicotine is your strongest during those first crucial days, and if you can get them through, you might actually be able to conquer your habit. But When You Quit Smoking — What Day Is the Hardest? . Let’s take a look.
The First Week
That first day is probably the easiest one. Lots of people quit for just a day all the time. They mean for it to be longer, but trying to get through the second and third times are torture, relatively speaking.
Your body is still full of nicotine and not actually craving much about the first day. You are going to feel the pull of this habit, as your body and mind are not used to the shift up, but real withdrawal symptoms won’t really take hold until the second and third days.
And it’s those days that are the toughest on your bodily cravings. Your body will feel the need for nicotine, and it will go into a condition where your body will attempt to manage the changes which are happening. Your fingers will shake, your mind will be stressed and edgy, and you’ll crave your cigarettes more than ever.
You have to bear in mind that this is just a temporary craving. The cravings come and go, and the feeling will not last the whole day. If you can just get through every wave of craving, then you will have the ability to conquer it.
The cravings will be different for everybody though. Some people will not have any problem with the first couple of days. They will coast right through and electronic babel to stop just fine. They will require a lot of support and willpower to resist the urges and maintain smoking.
But as soon as you get through that first week, it isn’t all easy sailing from there. You still have a tough road ahead of you if you are serious about quitting.
The Second Week
You may feel the mental cravings very strongly in the first week, and they’ll likely become even more powerful by the second week. By this point, plenty of the smoke has left your body, and it’s mostly your mental state being influenced. Your body may not need the cigarettes as badly, as your shaking will likely have gone away almost completely at that point. But your mind will certainly feel the need to have a smoke.
You will probably be hungry and have specific food cravings, particularly for sweets. It’s okay to give into those cravings a little. You want to fight the stress you will be feeling and some sweet food can help with that.
You’ll be in a constant struggle with your mind during that second week, so you will need to keep it distracted. You can go to places you have not been before or see old friends. Just try to keep your mind off the smoking and avoid the triggers that cause you to want to go back to it.
The symptoms vary by person, and they definitely depend on how long you’re smoking for and how heavily you smoked. Basically, the smoking you did before you quit, the harder it will be to quit, but once again, your personality and willpower play a significant role in how well you will deal.
If you find yourself doing particularly poorly, make certain that you get some support. If you’re spending a lot of time alone, then the cravings may be worse and the temptation possibly easier to give in to.
They say it takes as long to break a habit as you spent forming it, so you could be fighting a long time, but at a certain point it will become much easier and the cravings will subside faster and be much poorer.
Following the first two weeks, your constant cravings will most likely start to subside. You might still get some occasional strong cravings, but the worst of it is likely over. From the four week mark, when you have managed to stay mostly smoke free that long, then your chances of conquering the habit are extremely good. Congratulations, you earned it.