What To Expect When You Quit Smoking Cigarettes
Beware of dropping sugar levels
Smoking alters our body's natural blood sugar regulating mechanism. This mechanism may need a few days to regain its natural rhythm when we quit. Our performance and moods may be affected during this period.
Smoking triggers the release of your body's store of sugar into your blood. Your brain senses the higher blood sugar levels and regulates hormones to curb your appetite. This system disappears when you stop smoking. Your brain and body need to re-establish its natural blood sugar regulating mechanism – the one you had before you started smoking. This takes about three days.
Meanwhile, your blood sugar levels may not be in synch with the needs of the rest of your body. You may feel weak, dizzy or have trouble concentrating because your brain is not getting enough sugar. At the same time, your appetite improves remarkably. In the past, you enjoyed having a cigarette after a meal. The cigarette raised your blood sugar levels in less than a minute thereby suppressing your appetite. You felt full.
Now that you've quit, it takes at least 20 minutes for your food to be converted into sugar and delivered to your brain. During this time, your brain is anticipating a quick rise in blood sugar like it used to when you smoked. When this fails to happen, your brain regulates your hormones to maintain your appetite (to raise your blood sugar levels). This is why you will tend to have a much better appetite when you quit.
Is there anything you can do to ease the periods of low blood sugar levels? Try milk, cheese, apples, fruit juices or glucose-based products such as Dextrosol and Glucolin. Rough it out if you feel up to it. What To Expect When You Quit Smoking Cigarettes
Colleagues and friends offer you cigarettes to test you
You'll inevitably have to inform your smoker friends and colleagues that you've stopped smoking. Some of them will offer you cigarettes because you've stopped (many smokers poke fun at new ex-smokers this way. I used to be one of those fools). Turn them down as affably as you're able to. Feel sorry for them. Be glad that you' re no longer misguided and don't have to smoke any longer.
During the first week of your quit, avoid colleagues and friends when they smoke. If you are not able to – maybe your partner or housemates smoke – remind yourself of the reasons you are quitting. If you have to spend a substantial amount of time with people who smoke, take it as another challenge you're going to overcome. Also, if your partner smokes and isn't quitting, focus on yourself quitting first. You'll set a good example whether your intention's to be one or not.
Don't get into arguments with your smoker friends and colleagues – remember, calm and cool – if they try to taunt or tease you into smoking. They'll eventually tire and stop if they don't get a response. If, however, they see that they're getting to you – you stiffen up, glare, grumble, raise your voice etc. – they're likely to go on, to see what it'll take to get you to smoke again.
Think of it from this perspective – your colleagues and friends may be trying to get you to smoke because they're afraid of losing someone to smoke with or bum cigarettes from. Be patient, it'll take a little time for them to accept that you're now a non-smoker.
If your friends or colleagues continue giving you a hard time for not smoking, it may be an indication they are struggling inside with their own sense of self-worth. They pick on you because it makes them feel strong and you happen to be a convenient scapegoat. Remember that whenever others have problems with you not smoking, the real problem likely lies with them, not you. Resolve to remain a non-smoker. Those who want you to start smoking again are archaic and misguided in their views about cigarette smoking or are simply immature.
Know that you're going to have to spend some time managing your relationships with your smoker friends and colleagues. Several may try to tempt you every now and then. Ignoring their taunts or changing the subject usually works. Experiment to see what works for you. Don't try too hard to reason with them – they're unlikely to listen to you. Feel sorry for them instead. If your friends remain difficult for weeks or months, you might want to consider changes in your social life. What To Expect When You Quit Smoking Cigarettes
When you were a smoker, you habitually felt like smoking whenever you felt stressed. Smoking cigarettes to relieve stress is obviously self-defeating, so forget it as an option.
You might try some interim measures during the first few days, such as breathing exercises, chewing gum or having a little comfort food such as chocolate. Do they help? At best they provide some distraction and temporary relief. They're not, however, going to make your stress inducing problems go away.
When you experience stress, take a step back and examine what's causing it. Try to tackle the problem. Ask friends or colleagues for help. Look up the web or books for solutions. Recognise that some problems can be acted upon and solved. Others are outside of our control. We learn to accept these and live with them.
You may find this approach hard at first. Previously, you'd try to run from the problem, or distract yourself by smoking. Now you may feel more stress facing your problems head on. Do your best. The more successful you are in tackling them, the more confident and in control you'll feel. When this happens, you will feel less stress and better about yourself on the whole.
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