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Quitting Smoking Causes Irritability

Irritability is a common nicotine withdrawal symptom; one that usually comes and goes rather quickly. We can all become irritable for a number of reasons; hunger, fatigue, stress, anxiety, annoying people, etc and smoking used to be a way we managed these bothersome events. As a non-smoker you will need to find new ways to cope with daily life; both the minor and major events.

Manage Irritability after Quitting Smoking

manage irritability quitting smoking pictureNicotine is a very addictive drug and when you decrease the amount your body is used to or quit all together you will experience withdrawals. Any number of withdrawal symptoms can make a person feel frustrated and irritable. The best way to deal with irritability after quitting smoking is to find ways to deal with the withdrawal symptoms. For example: Don’t let yourself get too hungry by keeping healthy snacks nearby. Practice deep breathing and take a quick walk to help manage stress. Get physically active in order to feel good and get better rest. And if possible, avoid those annoying people as long as you can.

Managing irritability is about knowing what your body needs and providing it before you have the chance to get upset. The key is to not give in to the temptation to smoke; irritability and other withdrawal symptoms will get lessen and pass over time. Quitting smoking is the best thing that you can do for your health, though not easy, it is very doable. Talk to those close to you informing them on what to expect when you quit; they will be supportive and understanding - just in case you become irritable around them.

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