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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 sleep

Nicotine affects your brain-wave functions. This can change how we sleep. Dreams about tobacco are common. The feeling of not being able to sleep usually only lasts about a week. Treat yourself to a warm, relaxing bath. Avoid caffeine from coffee, tea, cola drinks, and chocolate. Try relaxing at bedtime with a glass of warm milk, deep breathing, and relaxation techniques. Work on a hobby.

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