Recovery from nicotine addiction is both physically intense and a very stressful process. During the early stages of chemical withdrawal, quitters undergo a rigorous healing phase. For the majority of smokers, quitting requires immense concentration, self discipline and resilience, resulting in varying levels of fatigue and tiredness.
The symptoms of fatigue are easy to recognise. They also highlight the importance of taking time out from your normal, every day activities during the first stage of healing and chemical withdrawal.
How can you tell if you are suffering from fatigue when quitting smoking?
- Do you feel constantly tired and sleepy, even after resting?
- Do you experience headaches, dizziness, poor concentration and blurry vision?
- Do your muscles ache and feel weak?
- Do you have a slow reaction time?
- Do you have a hard time finding the motivation to do anything?
How long does the fatigue from quitting smoking last?
- Everybody is different and there are varying factors that need to be considered, such as caffeine or sugar consumption, additional illness such as depression or insomnia and external influences that may cause stress and anxiety.
- In general, fatigue from quitting smoking should only last a couple of weeks and peak within the first few days.
- If you experience fatigue beyond that timeframe, or your level of fatigue concerns you, seek medical advice as there may be additional causes.
Tips for Managing Fatigue When Quitting Smoking.
Rest, then get some more rest.
Your mind and body are going through an intense physical healing processes. You feel tired and fatigued because you are tired and fatigued.
Don’t make things more difficult by attempting to go about your daily life as though things are normal, they are not.
Drink water and consume plenty of micro nutrients.
The brain and body need nutrients to heal. It is important to at least try and get some nutritional food between the sugar hits you will likely rely on when quitting. Consider getting a juicer.
When able, take small steps toward regular exercise.
Exercise is one of the most healthy and advantageous things we can do for both the mind and body. It encourages the healing process and generates positive endorphins in the brain.
Start small and don’t over do it.
If you don’t normally exercise, then start with a five to ten minute walk. The key is to do this every day.
Relax and get some laughs.
It is very easy to forget what happiness feels like when you quit. While you are relaxing, consider watching some comedy. Laughter is the best medicine!