Whether you have tried quitting before or it’s your first time, kicking the habit is a challenge and getting through the first few days can be tough. Did you know the third day after you quit smoking is often the hardest one? This is because day three is when the nicotine levels in your body are depleted which can cause moodiness and irritability, severe headaches, and cravings as your body adjusts.

There are things you can do to help you maintain your will power and get through the day. Below our pharmacist shares the top five tips for coping with cravings.

Tips to get through the third day:

  1. Remove temptations. Make sure there is nothing around that could tempt you.1
  2. Avoid your triggers. If there is a particular time that you usually have a cigarette this might trigger a craving, so to avoid this try changing your routine slightly. For example, if you normally smoke when you wake up in the morning, try having a shower first thing instead.3
  3. Remember why you wanted to quit in the first place. Whether it’s to improve your health, you’re trying to start a family or, you just want to save some extra money. Whatever it is, write it down and put it up somewhere you can see to give you the extra boost you might need.1
  4. Get moving. Day three is also the day where your bronchial tubes relax. This makes breathing easier and gives you more energy, use this to get active to distract yourself from cravings and boost your mood with endorphins released from exercising.2
  5. Treat yourself. Use the money you’ve saved in the last three days from giving up smoking and reward yourself, whether that is with your favourite magazine, a nice bath at the end of the day, or something else you really enjoy to take your mind of the cravings. If you don’t know what to do, you could always give the money to charity.3

If you need more advice, or want some support, visit your local LloydsPharmacy and talk to our health care team. They can help by offering further quit tips and advice as well as recommendations on which NRT products could work best for you.

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