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Manage moods

If you experience low moods, bad moods, anxiety or irritability after you quit smoking, you’re not alone! Remember that these feelings are temporary and will get easier after the first four weeks.

For some, smoking is a form of self-medication to help deal with feelings of loneliness, sadness, and depression. 

When someone quits, they are removing a major crutch for coping through the day, and it’s not uncommon to experience feelings of sadness or depression. In most cases, this should pass within a few weeks. Sometimes just talking with a friend can help, but if the feelings of sadness, anxiety or depression continue, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.

Anger

Anger is part of the process. Don’t try to resist it. You don’t have to have a reason to be angry—you just are. Accept it and vent it safely and harmlessly. Deal with the irritating situation by dealing with your feelings rather than suppressing them. Say what’s on your mind without blowing your stack. Anger expressed in a way that is not constructive; like losing your temper or bottling up your feelings creates tension, which creates the need for tobacco. Talk about your anger with a friend. Take a walk. Do deep-breathing exercises.

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