Stressful issues
One of the key steps to maintain a tobacco-free lifestyle is learning to cope with your nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

Firstly, determine which of the following symptoms apply to you:

  • Depressed mood
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability, frustration or anger
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Increased appetite or weight gain
As you can see, nicotine withdrawal consists of a wide range of emotions and symptoms, many of which are similar to going through a mini-depression. These symptoms illustrate how emotional Nicotine Withdrawal Syndrome can be. For many people, this is their highest hurdle—learning to feel normal again. Remember, just as Rome was not built in a day, tobacco withdrawal is not over in a day. According to the American Psychiatric Association, "withdrawal symptoms can begin within a few hours of cessation, typically peak in 1–4 days and last for 3–4 weeks. Depressive symptoms (after becoming smoke-free) may be associated with a relapse to smoking."

If depression and withdrawal worsen over time, we strongly recommend contacting an appropriate healthcare professional to help you get better and safeguard your efforts to become smoke-free.
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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