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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.

Cravings

Nicotine is a strongly addictive drug that your body is used to having every time you use tobacco. Now the body misses that nicotine and is urging you to use tobacco again to get it back. Cravings are most intense during the first two or three days. Occasionally, cravings can occur for a month and for some people even longer. To beat a craving, wait it out. Remind yourself that you are in command of your body and that the craving will go away in a few minutes. To help combat the cravings, stay active, keep your mind busy and sip slowly on a cool glass of water.

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