Stress is a normal part of every day life. Learning to manage stress effectively will help you when it comes to quitting smoking. It is important that you learn to recognize situations and things that are stressful for you before they become overwhelming.
Remember… a cigarette will not change the stressful situation… but YOU can.
Physical activity is one way to relieve stress. Physical activity doesn’t have to be boring or overexerting. You need to find something you like to do. Try a variety of activities such as:
Deep breathing exercises can also help relieve stress. When you inhale while smoking, the deep breath gives you a sense of relaxation. This can be compared to the deep breathing exercise outlined below.
- Relax and sit in a comfortable chair.
- Breathe deeply through your nose.
- Hold your breath for three seconds.
- Exhale slowly through your mouth.
- Repeat exercise until you feel relaxed.
- Deep breathing exercise can also be used to help control urges.
Muscle relaxation is another way to relieve daily stress. Remember it is important to remain as stress free as possible during the quitting process. For muscle relaxation sit in a comfortable chair.
- Do deep breathing exercises.
- Tighten muscles and hold for a few seconds.
- Relax and continue with deep breathing exercises.
- Repeat for 2 to 3 minutes.
- This exercise can also be done while listening to relaxation tapes which are available in bookstores.
- Squeezing a stress ball can relieve tensions and help you relax.