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Manage withdrawal

Nicotine withdrawal is common during the first two weeks of being smoke-free. Here's what to expect and what you can do about it.

Withdrawal symptoms and tips on how to manage them

Having difficulty concentrating

You may feel foggy or have difficulty focusing for the first 2 weeks of your quit. Nicotine increases your body’s release of stored sugars and fats, which helped you stay alert, but your ability to focus will go back to normal as your body adjusts. To help stay focused, eat small amounts of food every few hours to maintain your blood sugar levels. Try some yoga, as it can increase oxygen to the brain.