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Coping After Smoking

Managing CravingsEasing Withdrawal SymptomsSleep AidsOther Smoking Advice

It's important to keep thinking positively when you are giving up smoking. Stay busy to keep your mind focused. Certain feelings and emotions will need to be dealt with differently as a non-smoker now. Not allowing yourself to smoke can sometimes be the hardest part:

  • Cravings - The temptation to smoke again may creep up on you when you least expect it. Tension, restlessness and irritability may be caused persistent cigarette cravings. Daily stresses, anxiety or coping with sudden shock or emotional upset may trigger or enhance these feelings.
  • Withdrawal symptoms - Sometimes there is a feeling of loss after going smoke-free. Times occur where we once enjoyed or depended on a smoke. This can be hard to get used to which lowers the mood.
  • Coping with life's ups & downs - There will be times, depending on our state of mind, where we'll feel we need a cigarette to make ourselves feel better about something. It is annoying, frustrating a little upsetting for so many who want to smoke at a certain time but choose not to. Some find ulterior coping methods such as snacking. Those who give in and smoke when they think they need it, may be burdened with feelings of guilt or disappointment afterwards.
During challenging or difficult times, to remain a motivated non-smoker, remind yourself why you originally decided to quit smoking. If stress, anxiety, shock, social events or other life events seem hard to deal with alone, there are other ways you can help yourself without turning back to cigarettes.
Listed below, Express Chemist have comprised a selection of specialist remedies designed to calm, relax and improve your mental attitude. Many remedies here are safe to be taken for weeks in preparation for an ordeal (such as a wedding or before a long flight) where you might be tempted to smoke. Also, if cravings become too tempting we suggest keeping an emergency supply of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy Products such as lozenges or patches). That way you can satisfy the nicotine craving without smoking again.

Managing Cravings

Cravings for nicotine can be alleviated by Nicotine Replacement Therapy. If you want to break away from Nicotine, the complimentary remedies listed below may act as a helpful substitute. Food cravings occur as food is an easy solution to fill the void left behind by not smoking. Needing to eat instead of smoke or comfort eating can happen when feeling low or bored. Products to curb the appetite will lessening the likelihood of snacking.
Lamberts 5-HTP 100mg (60)
Lamberts 5-HTP 100mg (60):

A naturally sourced 5-Hydroxytryptophan, 5-HTP, known to influence chemical signals in the brain, which can influence and alter everything from appetite, to mood, to sleep.   More >>>
Price: £13.40 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Lamberts products and save 5%)
A. Vogel Avena Sativa 50ml
A. Vogel Avena Sativa 50ml:

For Cravings, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Hyperactivity - Mild sedative & Nerve Tonic •
A. Vogel Avena Sativa is made from organically grown oats harvested at their optimum potency.   More >>>
Price: £8.30 (incl VAT)
Jan de Vries Dutch Herbal Tea 30
Jan de Vries Dutch Herbal Tea 30:

Refreshing, calming and caffeine free tea. These herbal tea bags contain a number of well known herbs such as Peppermint, Rosehip, Camomile, Passion Flower and Lavender. They help to maintain the feeling of well-being, detoxes the digestive system and can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Try drinking this tea when cravings start to bother you.   More >>>
Price: £2.80 (incl VAT)
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Easing Withdrawal Symptoms

Anxieties, stress and life events can be harder to cope with when going without the security of a cigarette. Herbal remedies in the form of tonics and tincture tablets are a natural way of lifting one's mood.
Avena Sativa (oats), St John's Wort and Flower Remedies all are believed to promote feelings of optimism, control and relaxation.
A. Vogel Ginsavena 50ml
A. Vogel Ginsavena 50ml:

For stress, mental exhaustion, tension, fatigue, bereavement, menopausal symptoms and periods of physical and mental stress
This tincture is a combination of Eleutherococcus and Avena sativa. A useful nerve tonic.   More >>>
Price: £7.90 (incl VAT)
Lamberts L-Theanine 200mg (60)
Lamberts L-Theanine 200mg (60):

A high strength, one a day, amino acid supplement providing relief from stress and anxiety - results have been known within a few hours.   More >>>
Price: £12.80 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Lamberts products and save 5%)
Jan de Vries Mood Essence - 30ml
Jan de Vries Mood Essence - 30ml:

Mood Essence gives support when it is difficult to stay positive. Helps maintain feelings of lightness and optimism. May help in a time of ill health, bereavement, an ended relationship, hormonal mood swings or even Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).   More >>>
Price: £3.95 (incl VAT)
Jan de Vries Emergency Essence - 30ml
Jan de Vries Emergency Essence - 30ml:

For emotional upset and stress. Helps maintain equilibrium of mood and mind. It may be used in acute situations such as emotional upsets.   More >>>
Price: £3.95 (incl VAT)

Sleep Aids

Cravings or restlessness and tension caused by not smoking might keep you awake at night. If the desire to smoke at night is driving you mad, why not try a natural sedative such as the ones featured below. These are formulated to ease anxiety, relax the body and mind which in turn helps you to drift to sleep on your own. OR
For our full range of Insomnia products, click here...
Kalms Sleep 50x
Kalms Sleep 50x:

A traditional herbal remedy containing a blend of pure plant ingredients that relax and help promote natural sleep.   More >>>
Price: £4.20 (incl VAT)
Rescue Remedy Night Spray 20ml
Rescue Remedy Night Spray 20ml:

Specially formulated to comfort, relax and aid a good nights sleep. Suitable for all the family.   More >>>
Price: £8.45 (incl VAT)
A. Vogel Dormeasan 50ml
A. Vogel Dormeasan 50ml:

Acts as a relaxant and natural sedative to help you nod off! Safe for long term use and does not cause morning-after sluggishness that antihistamines often cause.   More >>>
Price: £7.90 (incl VAT)

Other Smoking Advice

How to Quit Smoking

How to Quit Smoking  
Quitting is hard, even more so without the right knowledge and preparation. Our 'How to Quit Smoking' category has plenty of practical help and advice.   More >>>

The Health Effects of Smoking

The Health Effects of Smoking  
You'd be surprised at the impact smoking has on your health; from bad breath to stained teeth to dry skin and more!   More >>>

What is in a Cigarette?

What is in a Cigarette?  
Think you know what is in each cigarette you smoke? There is more to cigarette than just tobacco, nicotine and tar. Click the link to read more.   More >>>

Stop Smoking

Stop Smoking  
If you are determined to stop smoking, a little help will go a long way. Our stop smoking page has nicotine gum, nicotine patches, cigrette substitutes and more!   More >>>
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