Stopping smoking stressing you out?

Stress is a natural response from your body when it senses danger. While it’s something we need to function, it can go into overdrive when we’re trying to say goodbye to cigarettes. 

It’s no secret that the nicotine is found in cigarettes is highly addictive. The lack of this substance in our body sets off cravings as our body’s way of telling us it wants the nicotine it’s been used to receiving. When we quit smoking, we’re often left feeling agitated, stressed and irritable.  

The impact of stress 

Feeling stress over a long period of time or too much stress at once can mean that it interferes with your life. We all cope with stress differently. What’s unbearable for one may be easier to overcome for another.  

If you notice your mental health suffering while you’re quitting, it can help to remind yourself that things won’t be this hard forever. It will get easier. Each day that passes you’re one step closer to being smoke free, and you’ll have given your body one more day of experience at living smoke free.  

If things are feeling down for a sustained period, don’t be afraid to speak to your GP, your gloji mentor or a trusted friend for support. 

Staying on top of stress 

There are a few things you can try to ease your stress levels while you’re quitting. 

  • Try to avoid stressful situations where you can. You could change plans, or let your work know what’s going on, for instance. 
  • Think of ways to help you cope when you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress, like calling a friend or going for a walk. 
  • Build your resilience up so that you can cope with stressful situations more often. You will get through this and be stronger for it. 

Taking steps to ensure your quit attempt goes as smoothly as possible will help your journey to giving up. A healthier life is within reach. 


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