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Stopping smoking can mean some days are challenging. Some people get low moods, feel lonely, become irritable or anxious. This is normal and will pass - you’re not used to coping without cigarettes.
If you smoked to deal with day-to-day stress or boredom, becoming a non-smoker can be hard to get used to. You might be more aware of stress for a while. You’re doing something great for your physical health - but your emotions might take a week or two to catch up.
These feelings are very common, and they will go away. They might only last a few hours or days, and it gets much easier after about 4 weeks.
How to cope with bad days
If you’re finding it hard, talking to someone else is a great place to start.
- chat to a friend or someone you know who has already quit smoking
- contact the HSE Quit Team for support to help you stop smoking - we have web chat, people to talk to on the phone and you can email us too
- connect with our Facebook page for support quitting smoking
It’s also a good idea to find ways of managing your feelings. Remind yourself that they’re temporary and will go away. Remember that you decided to quit smoking for a very good reason.
If you’ve had bad news or are feeling stressed and want to smoke, remember that smoking won’t change the news or help the situation.