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Managing StressSmoking isn’t helping

Smoking seems like a way to deal with stress, but in reality, smoking can actually cause or make stress worse. Do you tend to feel normal when you smoke, but between cigarettes become anxious? That’s because smoking causes temporary relief from withdrawal symptoms like stress and anxiety.


You can deal with stress without reaching for a cigarette. Try to –

Deep breathe

Breathe in and out 10 times. Tried and true, this has a physical and mental calming effect.

Do things you enjoy

Hobbies, books, seeing friends…

Talk it out

Talk to someone you trust. Sharing and getting support helps you to feel “lighter.”

Eat well and rest

In addition to the physical benefits, taking care of yourself also gives you a feeling of well-being, helping you to better cope with stress.

Get active

Even a little activity can help. Find something you can handle and enjoy – and when you are ready, expand your activity.


Talk to your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise or activity. Your healthcare plan may also have health benefits; look into wellness benefits for your plan.
Last updated 8/20/2018 6:08 PM
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