What can I do to reduce depression while I quit smoking?

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You can do the following to reduce depression while quitting smoking:

Identify your specific feelings at the time that you seem depressed. Are you actually feeling tired, lonely, bored, or hungry? Focus on and address these specific needs. Add up how much money you have saved already by not purchasing cigarettes and imagine (in detail) how you will spend your savings in 6 months. Call a friend and plan to have lunch, or go to a movie, a concert, or another pleasurable event. Make a list of things that are upsetting to you and write down solutions for them. Keep positive about changes in life. Increase physical activity. This will help to improve your mood and lift your depression. Focus on your strengths. Plan your next vacation or fun activity. Breathe deeply. Establish a list of your short- and long-term personal goals. Think of how healthy you will be when all smoking effects are gone from your body and you can call yourself smoke-free. If depression continues for more than 1 month, see your doctor

 

This answer is based on source information from National Cancer Institute.

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