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Facing Boredom After Quitting Smoking

For people who smoke, boredom often brings the urge to smoke a cigarette. After you quit smoking, you may find that you miss the excitement and good feelings that nicotine gave you. This may also be true when you are feeling bored. When you take a break at work you may find yourself with nothing to do.

In order to get through the times when you are bored try some of the following ideas.

  • Plan your day with more activities than you have time for

  • During the times of the day when you have extra time and nothing to do, make a list of things you would like to do

  • Move around, go for a walk, visit with co-workers

  • Try doing a crossword puzzle or reading a book

  • Go outdoors if you can, notice things around you

The feelings of anger, frustration, and irritability may be reduced by using nicotine replacement products, which deliver small, steady doses of nicotine to the body. Nicotine replacement products such as, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and nicotine lozenge, appear to be equally effective. Buproprion pills (which don’t contain nicotine) such as, Zyban or Wellbutrin also help relieve withdrawal symptoms.

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