What is Nicotine Withdrawal?
Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms can be broken into two different categories. You might assume that those would be physical and psychological, but in fact all the really unpleasant symptoms that smokers experience when they quit are caused by a mental process, rather than the physical withdrawal from nicotine. The mental process is triggered by physical withdrawal, but that withdrawal is so slight – it’s almost imperceptible.
The actual physical withdrawal from nicotine is a very mild, slightly empty, insecure feeling. It’s so mild that most smokers don’t even notice it throughout their smoking lives.
The physical feelings that the slight feeling of withdrawal trigger are caused by the process a smoker has gone through whilst becoming addicted. They believe that smoking helps them to relax, cope with stress, socialise, concentrate and focus, enjoy drinking or enjoying a meal, and even after sex. It is this belief that has a smoker who is using willpower to quit experience awful panic, anxiety, upset, and irritability.
As a smoker goes through the various stages of quitting nicotine using willpower – the symptoms get worse and worse and include all of the above, as well as sleeplessness, and a feeling of doom and gloom.
The great news is that Allen Carr’s Easyway to Quit Smoking method ensures that the former smoker doesn’t suffer any of those negative signs of nicotine withdrawal. In fact, the physical effects of quitting nicotine are entirely positive, as are the mental ones, as long as you use the right method to quit.
Most smokers, even really heavy ones, don’t even experience so much as a nicotine headache.
The stages of nicotine withdrawal cease to be a minefield or obstacle course and instead become like a walk in the park.
Tobacco withdrawal, even for chain-smokers or chain-vapers, really isn’t a problem as long as you know how to quit smoking without feeling deprived.
Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline
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