Days from Hell
The sneaky thing about nicotine addiction is that the very symptoms we experience as being alleviated by nicotine are in fact nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
People say they smoke to relieve anxiety. Fifteen minutes after your last cigarette, your nicotine level begins to ebb in your blood stream and lo you feel anxious!
When you raise that ole nicotine blood level back up, the anxiety goes away and presto we think cigarettes are the answer to the world's problems.
About 72 to 96 hours after their last cigarette, most people are past the physical nicotine dependency stage.
Now comes the really hard part. Besides having a calming effect on the nicotine induced anxiety, nicotine is a stimulant and a depressant. Your body has been on steep roller coaster for many years and it will need time to level out.
Some people feel intensely sleepy for a few days; others wide-awake. Then this can change. Some feel light-headed other's energized.
It is not unusual to feel down. This is a major seperation for some not unlike loosing a close friend or loved-one. In fact, the cigarette has been with you through thick and through thin. Just remember though, this friend has been trying to kill you!
Exercise is really important during this period for several reasons: