Pick Your Pick Me Up

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Mood changes are common after you quit. You might be irritable, restless, or feel down or blue. If you’re experiencing these feelings after quitting smoking, there are many things you can do to help lift your mood.

  1. Exercise. Stay active. 
    The type of exercise depends on how fit you are, but any kind of activity can help—from taking a walk to going to the gym to joining a team sport. If you need to, start small and build over time. This can be hard to do when you are depressed because feeling down saps all your energy. But making the effort will pay off! It will help you feel better.

  2. Structure your day. 
    Create a plan to stay busy. It is especially important to get out of the house whenever you can.

  3. Talk and do things with other people. 
    Many people who are feeling depressed are cut off from others. Having daily contact with other people will help your mood.

  4. Build rewards into your life. 
    For many who are depressed, rewards and fun activities are missing from life. It is helpful to find ways to reward yourself. Even small things, like reading a magazine or listening to music, add up and can help your mood.

  5. Do what used to be fun, even if it does not seem fun right now. 
    One of the common signs of depression is not wanting to do activities that used to be fun. It may take a little time, but doing fun activities again will help improve your mood. Some people like to make a list of fun events and then do at least one a day.

  6. Talk with friends and loved ones. 
    Your support system is a key to you feeling better. Having a chance to tell them your concerns can help things seem less scary.

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