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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.

Irritability, grouchiness, tension, frustration

Your body is craving nicotine. People who quit tobacco are in a chronic state of nervous stimulation. Many of the symptoms people experience are the result of the nervous system returning to normal. These feelings may last for one to two weeks. When they hit, do some deep breathing, take a walk, be active, use relaxation exercises and cut down or stop caffeine from coffee, tea, chocolate and cola drinks. Take some time by yourself and think of positive reasons for quitting and rewards you will be able to achieve.

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