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There are a wide variety of feelings associated with the actions to quit smoking. Many times irritability plays a major role in withdrawal from cigarette smoke, which can lead to resentment and anger.
It's important to remember that an addiction is being fought here, and it isn't easy. Some ways to help keep your anger and other emotions in check during withdrawal are:
- Change your Habits:
Instead of letting your withdrawal get the best of you right after a meal (When most people light up) try replacing the cigarette with something else like doing the dishes or taking a walk, whatever works best for you.
- Keep a Journal:
Keep a "Quitting Smoking" journal which you commit to writing in daily, a place to release some anger and put it into words. It is a great way to get rid of unwanted feelings, and a great way to document your life changing struggle and successes that can be looked upon for the rest of your life.
- Get a Hobby:
Try something new! Introduce something into your life that you have an interest in like joining a softball team, fishing, or even basket weaving. When you make the decision to quit smoking, you make a decision to change your life so bringing something new to the table will not only help you quit but will enable you to make sure your habits have changed and you will stay smoke free.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|