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You may feel like you are on an amusement ride during the first couple of weeks after you stopped smoking that cigarette. You will have good days and you will have bad days.  It will not matter if you use a quit aid or just quit all at once, you are going to feel withdrawal symptoms from nicotine.  Some people have more trouble with the first week, and others with the second, but the good news is that for most people, the worst of physical withdrawal symptoms from nicotine are finished within the first two weeks of quitting.

Physically, your body will be reacting to the absence of not just nicotine, but all of the other chemicals in cigarette smoke that you've been inhaling many times a day for years. When the supply is not replaced, you can expect to feel the effects of your system missing it. Flu-like symptoms are very common.

The amount of discomfort you'll experience depends in part on how well you take care of yourself during this process. Follow the tips below to help you minimize the discomforts you'll feel as a result of physical and mental withdrawal from nicotine.

Quit smoking tips for the first two weeks:

Find some support.

Having others who are interested in your success is very important.  If you are at a website that has forum or message boards look around.  Sign in as a guest to browse and read posts from other quitters, or register to post messages of your own. Add some support to your quit smoking program.

Eat a well-balanced diet.

Treats are fine, but be careful not to go overboard with the wrong kinds of food right now. Your body is working hard to remove toxins during the withdrawal process, and that takes energy. Choose foods that will provide you with the high quality fuel you need to accomplish this.  Avoid junk food as it just contains empty calories.

Take multi-vitamins.

Smoking depletes our bodies of vitamins and nutrients. Give yourself some help replacing those with the help of a multi-vitamin. This, combined with good diet will help you minimize the fatigue that can often occur during nicotine withdrawal.

Stock the fridge with healthy snacks.

Celery and carrots sticks with low fat ranch dressing for dipping makes a good snack.  Have some small bags of bite size fresh veggies within easy reach.  Fresh fruit, such as pineapple chunks, berries, melon or other fruits in season will satisfy your sweet tooth if they're clean and ready to eat when you're looking for a snack. Good freezer treats include low fat fudge bars and frozen grapes.

Get out for a walk.

A short walk every day, as little as 15 minutes even, can work wonders for you as you withdraw from nicotine. Walking reduces tension and improves circulation. It also releases endorphins, the "feel good" hormone.

So, when the urge to smoke strikes, just head out for a walk around the block. You’ll come back refreshed and relaxed.

Get more sleep.

Early in the quitting process it is tiring. Your body is stressed and so is your mind. Allow more time to sleep if you need it. Don’t worry, the weariness won't last. Your energy will return soon and you will find you have more of it then you did prior to quitting.

Drink water.

Water helps you flush residual toxins from smoking out of your body more quickly. It also works well as a craving distraction. Drink water before you snack and you will eat less.  Water is an important part of your diet! Keep yourself well-hydrated, and you'll feel better in general. That will in turn help you manage withdrawal symptoms more easily.

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