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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.

Fatigue

Nicotine is a stimulant that was keeping you going while you were using tobacco. Now that you are tobacco-free, your body is no longer reacting to the nicotine and you feel tired. Tiredness may last two to four weeks. Get extra sleep and more exercise, take naps and don’t push yourself. If you feel tired when you first wake up, do some light activities and take a cool shower. Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water per day to speed up the healing process.

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