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Handling Anxiety After Quitting Smoking

Within 24 hours of quitting smoking you may feel tense and agitated. If you do find yourself feeling anxious it will usually begin in the first day of quitting smoking, peak in the first couple of weeks and will eventually cease within a month. You may also feel tightness in your muscles, especially in your neck and shoulders. These feeling will pass with time. Stick it out and don’t smoke. There are things you can do to get you through these tense times; take a walk, a hot bath, get a massage, do stretching exercises, and set aside time in the mornings and evenings to be alone in a quiet environment.

Anxiety is usually measured as an increase in muscle tension as well as an increased sensitivity to muscle tension. There is research that shows that anxiety that occurs from quitting smoking may be due to temporary changes in your brain chemistry. There is evidence that using tobacco reduces anxiety, so some of the anxiety you feel when you quit smoking is actually what you normally experience. Find healthier ways to handle your daily anxiety. Most of the anxiety you feel after quitting smoking is due to temporary changes.

Nicotine cravings may be reduced by using nicotine replacement products, which deliver small, steady doses of nicotine into the body. Nicotine replacement products such as, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and nicotine lozenges, appear to be equally effective.

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