Learning to relieve your stress without lighting up a smoke can seem overwhelming to new quitters. Letting go of your stress in other ways is the best way to break the habit.
You may have to try a few things before you find something that helps you relieve stress.
- Go for a quick walk.
- Call a friend.
- Play a game on your phone.
These activities can help until the cravings pass.
Try deep breathing for relaxation. You can learn more about stress and smoking here .
How do you relieve your stress?
Helpful tips from others
When I have time to myself or at work, instead of lighting up, I like to draw. I'm not a very good artist, but drawing is a very strong and effective method for me.
Phil Lantz , chicago
Get into crafts or self talk, write a pros and con list
Bridget , Melbourne
Diversion is one of the best tools in the arsenal of getting through it. A couple of mints and a drink of water helps send it packing.
Robyn , Melbourne, via
I usually call my husband or a friend for a quick calm-down chat.
Claire , Melton
I play with something in my hands – a stressball, coins, a pen, anything really.
Jade , Port Melbourne