Strategies To Combat Smoking Withdrawal Symptoms
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Dizziness, light-headedness and headache strategies
- Lie down, if possible, for five minutes.
- Relax the neck and upper body with relaxation exercises.
- Open the windows or go outside for fresh air.
Dry mouth strategies
- Sip water, fruit juice, or milk.
- Brush your teeth.
- Swish your mouth with a mint mouthwash or water.
- Take a deep breath, hold for five seconds, and exhale.
- Don't take antibiotics.
- Cough as gently as possible.
- Moisten your mouth with a drink of water.
Tingling sensation strategies
- Take a warm bath.
- Ask someone to massage the tingling area.
- Take a walk.
- Take a shower, alternating warm (not hot) and cool (not cold) water.
- Rub the parts of your body that tingle with a towel.
Anxiety and nervousness strategies
- Take several deep breaths.
- Go for a walk, or do some light calisthenics.
- Relax, lie down.
- Change your thoughts to a quiet and peaceful experience of your past.
- Exercise. Any type of aerobic exercise is good.
- Take a warm shower, cool down, and rub vigorously with a towel.
- Drink some fruit juice.
- Think of the most exciting time of your life.
- Eat more solid food, less juice and fruit.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Take medication, if necessary.
- Eat more fruit.
- Take a mild laxative, if necessary.
Excerpt from The Ill Effects of Smoking, Institute of Pulmonary Medicine, St. Luke's Medical Center