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Help! Remedies for stress/anger????

Hi, i am on my second day, yesterday was fine, but today im suffering severe anger and stress attacks (im not the most serene person in the world even when smoking to my hearts content, but im a monster when quitting).

Its extremely stressfull, i cant talk to people without everything they say really irritating me to a ridiculous level. im getting owrried that ill get sacked from work and/or dumped by my partner!

Like i said, at the best of times im highly strung, but obviously it makes me really want to smoke and i don't want it to tip me into messing up :( they were the first thing id go to if feeling angry or stressed.

If anyone can help or even recommend any herbal/natural remedies or other tips, i would be immensely gratefull!

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Relaxation tapes to chill to, chamomile tea. Hot baths, inhaling steam with essential oils, all or some of the above?

Rescue remedy works for some as well, you can spray it on your tongue or put a few drops in a drink?

I found the tapes a real chill out thing though, quiet room, sitting comfy, headphones on.

Hope there's something here that helps, the first couple of days are very testing but you are nearly through them so hang in there, it will get easier soon.



Hi- you sound just like me when you say "not the most serene person even when smoking"- I had to remind myself of that a lot in the first few weeks.

As Lozza said, rescue remedy is great, beech is another flower remedy in the same family for being "critical and intolerant of others", which I took every day for the 1st 2 weeks. Also Avena Sativa, is good for stress/anxiety/withdrawl or any symptoms generally that relate to the nervous system. Have a google of them both and see if they sound like they may help.

I'm almost 6 weeks in now, and for the 1st 2 weeks I was stressier than ever- I told hubby I wanted a divorce, told the kids they were gonna have to go into care, almost kicked out the lodger and asked stop smoking service to prescribe people to kill, but now I'm feeling less stressed and strung out than when I smoked. Keep going- it won't stay this extreme for long

Pols xxx


hi, thanks alot to both of you for your help, i have tried rescue remedy, not sure on the results though, possibly helps for a very short time afterwards so will persist and try not to drink the whole bottle! lol i will definately find out about the other things too :)


Im a less than serene person normally too! I found crying was quite good! Id occasionally sob quietly in a private place to let out all my stress! Silly now when I look back but it helped! As did a bath every night, with a good book. I also had an exercise bike and listened to Harry Potter audio books whilst cycling. That helped me greatly.


i smiled when i read your post. i have been an absolute monster for the past month - everybody in the world is SO irritating!! How I have kept my man and my job is nothing short of a miracle!!

Just remember - the emotional imbalance DOES start reducing after a few days (i promise). I also think we are probably more conscious of it than those around us (although not quite sure my boyf would agree :D)

A few days short of a month on and its been worth it. Those who really care about you will cut you all the slack you need.

Well done so far and keep going - its worth it......


Hi Hayzie :)

Sorry only just found this and you must be almost a week smoke free now feelibnf as you do this early in a quit is normal hun but it does get better the further you go

Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new members

Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathising with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off and Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

This link is good for the psychological part of quitting

Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK



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