What can help control my mood while trying to quit?
The good news is that there are a variety of ways to deal with unwanted feelings of depression when trying to quit smoking:
For more information, see: Smoking, Stress, & Mood.
- Pharmacotherapy – There are a variety of Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT’s) and other medications that may help relieve recovery symptoms associated with quitting smoking. Zyban, also known as Wellbutrin, is an antidepressant that is used in treating recovery symptoms associated with quitting smoking. It is a safe and effective, non-nicotine treatment that helps improve moods in people trying to quit smoking.
- Exercise and Proper Nutrition – Being physically active and eating healthy will help you feel healthier and stronger, both mentally and physically. Studies have shown that regular physical activity can brighten mood, increase energy, and improve sleep.
- Stress Management – Practicing relaxation techniques can help you reduce your stress and tension when trying to overcome cravings for tobacco.
- Social Support – If you are feeling down, talk to family, friends or coworkers. Or contact your Tobacco Dependence Specialist… they are there to listen and give you support throughout your quit attempt.
The more healthy changes you can include in your quit plan, the better your chances of quitting successfully!
If depressive symptoms continue after you have been quit for a few months, you may want to consider contacting a mental health professional.
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