Managing Stress When Quitting

When you want to light up to take the edge off, try these alternatives to get you through the tough times

Nicotine is an addictive substance, and when you quit smoking, your body goes through withdrawal. This can cause a range of physical and emotional symptoms, including irritability and restlessness. But smoking doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. In this blog, we will discuss some tips for managing stress when quitting smoking.

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Practice Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. These techniques can also help you focus your mind and stay calm when you feel the urge to smoke. You can try practicing these techniques for a few minutes each day, or whenever you feel stressed or anxious.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress and improve your overall health. It can also help reduce nicotine cravings.

This doesn’t have to mean signing up for a marathon every other day, but if you can go for a daily run or brisk walk, it can be a great way to switch off and put energy into something else.

If the thought of going for a run makes you sweat, other options, such as doing household exercises, walking around the garden, or even going up and down the stairs a couple of times, can help to keep you distracted. Or why not pick a class from our huge range of live and on-demand classes at the gloji gym.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential for managing stress and maintaining good health. Lack of sleep can increase stress levels and make it harder to resist the urge to smoke. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and establish a regular sleep routine to help you fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day.

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Escape to Nature

Relax and unwind in the beautiful Surrey countryside. The fresh air, scenery, and sounds of nature will help you to relax and change your mindset. Visit Surrey offers a variety of walking guides in our beautiful countryside, ranging from short strolls to more difficult routes.

Get Creative

Doing something creative is another good way to keep your mind occupied. It diverts your attention and keeps your hands busy. Colouring, painting, drawing, and knitting are excellent ways to stimulate your brain and distract you from stress.

Seek Support

You’ve probably heard of the expression ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. This is especially important when dealing with stress, so talk to your family, partners, friends, or professional support about what is troubling you. The more insights into what is going on, the different perspective and possible solution to a problem.

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