Smokers are more likely to have depression than non-smokers. Nobody knows for sure why this is. People who have depression might smoke to feel better. Or smokers might get depression more easily because they smoke. Are your emotions all over the place since quitting smoking? You’re not alone: feeling like you’re on an emotional roller coaster is one of the most common feelings associated with nicotine withdrawal.
What Causes this Emotional Effects?
When you smoke, the nicotine you inhale with every cigarette goes from your lungs, into your blood stream and then straight to your brain. Once it gets there, it causes dopamine to be released, which gives you that intense rush and makes you feel “oh so happy”.
Sadly though, that feeling only lasts a few minutes. Your nicotine levels begin to drop along with the dopamine so does your mood. Normally, you would alleviate these feelings by having another cigarette, and increasing the levels of nicotine in your system again.
But when you quit, nicotine levels continue to drop and the emotional roller coaster begins. Knowing what you may experience as you work to become smoke-free can better prepare you for the journey ahead.
How To Identify Depression?
Here are the list of signs and symptoms occur when you’re in depression state.
Anxiety or a dump feeling
Changes in appetite (eating more or less)
Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
How To Manage Depression?
Basic Things To Do
Know the causes of stress in your life (your job, traffic, your children, money) and identify the stress signals (headaches, nervousness, or trouble sleeping). Once you pinpoint high-risk trigger situations, you can start to develop new ways to handle them.
Create peaceful times in your everyday schedule. For example, set aside an hour where you can get away from other people and your usual environment.
Try relaxation techniques, such as progressive relaxation or yoga, and stick with the one that works best for you.
Rehearse and visualize your relaxation plan. Put your plan into action. Change your plan as needed.
You may find it helpful to read a book about how to handle stress.
Exercise– Undergo any physical activity and start small build up and stretches over time when you’re depressed. Your effort will pay off with healthy life.
Structure your day- Schedule your whole day with some engaging activities and start wander outside with your buddies to avoid the thought of smoking.
Be with other people– While you were in depression the state of mind will be think you as lonely. So, to avoid this be in touch with others can help your mood swings.
Reward yourself– Do things you enjoy. Even small things add up and help you feel better.
Get support- If you are feeling down after quitting cigarette, it may help to talk about this with friends and family. Or else, consult with an expert and think like more than your friend.