Understanding the link between stress and smoking

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April is Stress Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about stress and how it affects our lives. This year, we’re focusing on a particular stressor that affects millions worldwide: smoking.

The stress-smoking paradox

Many smokers believe that lighting up a cigarette helps them relax and cope with stress. However, research shows that smoking actually increases stress levels. Nicotine, the addictive substance in cigarettes, creates a temporary sense of relaxation, which can be mistaken for stress relief. But in the long run, withdrawal symptoms between cigarettes can heighten stress, creating a vicious cycle.

Breaking free from the smoke

Quitting smoking is a significant step towards reducing stress and improving overall health. Here are some strategies to help you on your journey:

  1. Understand your triggers: Identify the situations, feelings, or activities that make you reach for a cigarette. Awareness is the first step towards change.
  2. Find healthy alternatives: Replace smoking with healthier habits such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies. These can provide genuine stress relief without the harmful effects of smoking.
  3. Talk to others: Connect with friends and family who can provide encouragement and motivation. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey.
  4. Seek support: People who use a stop smoking service like Be Well Walsall are three times more likely to successfully quit. Sign up for 8-12 week of FREE tailored support.

The benefits of a smoke-free life

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits:

  • Health: Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and a variety of cancers.
  • Mental wellbeing: Lower levels of stress, depression, and anxiety.
  • Money: The money saved from not buying cigarettes can be huge. Add up your spending to see how much you could save.

This Stress Awareness Month, let’s take a step towards a healthier, happier, and smoke-free life. Remember, every cigarette not smoked is a victory.

Sign up now to get 8-12 weeks of support to help you on your journey towards smoke-free.

09 April, 2024