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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.

Lack of concentration

When you become tobacco-free, your body needs time to adjust to not having constant stimulation from nicotine. As you recover, you will find your concentration improving after the first week. Try changing up your daily activities often and do less at a time. Get some fresh air, stay active, deep breathe, listen to music, watch TV, do more physical activity and cut down or stop caffeine from coffee, tea, cola drinks, and chocolate.

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