Stress is a feeling you get when faced with a challenge and right now if you are considering stopping smoking then you have a major challenge ahead of you. Just the thought can make you feel anxious but the problem is much bigger than that.
When you stop smoking you are going to continue to experience stress throughout your day and it used to be dealt with by taking a break and having a cigarette. Do you know what you are going to do when that option is no longer available? Stress, or the lack of ability to manage stress, is one of the main reasons people take smoking back up.
Before you stop smoking you need to determine the common causes of stress and keep an eye out for them. Have a plan for when you feel stressed out. Managing stress is something everyone does in their own way and there are negative and positive ways of dealing.
Learn to deal with your stress by doing some of the following:
- Get organized – think about how you are going to spend your time and what things are the most important.
- Be flexible – sometimes, it’s not worth the stress to argue with others. Give in once in a while and meet people half way.
- Take deep breaths – taking deep breaths can help you calm down and manage stress. It also is something you used to do when you smoked… maybe one of the reasons it appeared to help manage stress.
- Relax – take time to relax; don’t become overly tired where you may find yourself tempted to smoke.
- Exercise – this is one of the best ways to manage stress. Go for a walk, join a gym, take an exercise class, ride your bike or go for a run. Getting physically active will help you stay smoke free.