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How to manage anxiety

When you quit smoking, it’s normal to feel anxious. THRIVE gums and lozenges can help you cope with the anxiety from nicotine withdrawal.

5 ways to reduce anxiety

1. Focus on yourself 

Try to stay in the here and now. Don’t worry about what’s coming around the corner. Instead, focus on what you need to do to get through the day without a cigarette.

2. Start relaxing 

There are many ways to help your body manage anxiety. Remind yourself that anxiety will pass with time. A massage or some simple breathing exercises can help reduce the tightness in your muscles and relax your mind.

3. Turn to your friends 

Reach out to friends or family when you’re beginning to feel stressed. This kind of social support can make a big difference.

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4. Get moving  

Exercise boosts chemicals in the brain that make you feel good. In turn, this helps ease anxiety. Find an activity you enjoy, such as swimming or dancing, and do it regularly.

5. Distract yourself with activities 

Doing things you enjoy, like games, physical activities, and hobbies, is the easiest way to alleviate stress.

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Keep your cool with THRIVE  

THRIVE gums and lozenges can help you stay calm when a frustrating craving hits, so you can manage the anxiety that comes with quitting.


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