There are many different reasons why people smoke but one of the most common statements from smokers is that smoking helps to calm them down when they are stressed.
Unfortunately life is always going to be stressful and if you build your smoking habit in to your stress relief it will make it more difficult to quit.
Sometimes it is more effective to tackle the issue rather than the action.
Here are some ways to start to breakdown stress and give you the ability to deal with it, this in turn will hopefully mean you don’t need to rely on smoking so much:
Even if it is just for a few minutes‚ take a breather from a stressful situation. This might mean doing something that you find relaxing, like playing a game or talking with a friend. It could also mean stepping away from the situation for a while by taking a walk or going to get a snack.
Take a few slow‚ deep breaths. For an extra benefit‚ breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. You will feel your body relax.
When your body is active‚ it sends out natural chemicals that improve your mood and reduce your stress. Walking is one of the easiest exercises for most people. Even a short walk every day will help you to reduce your stress and improve your health.
Close your eyes and imagine you are in a place where you feel safe‚ comfortable‚ and relaxed. It can be a real place or one you make up. Picture it as clearly as you can. Let yourself enjoy being there for a few minutes.
Talking with a friend or family member about your life is a great way to help reduce stress.
A lot of people get stressed out thinking about the future. Try focusing just on what is happening now‚ not on what you might have to deal with in the future.
If you think you can stop, at least for one day, then why not set yourself a date to stop today.
You can find out more about Hertfordshire's Stop Smoking Service: