Stress and Smoking

What are your stressors?

Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, from major life events to daily hassles that add up over time. Dealing with many small stresses can weigh you down and wear you out as much one large stressor. Sometimes even happy events can be stressful. Ever felt like the holidays were a rough time? Kids can be a source of stress, and so can being pregnant, even when the parents are happy the baby is on the way. Many women report feeling stressed and blue when they are pregnant or in the months after their new baby arrives.
Knowing your stressors is an important step in finding ways to deal with them. What are the stresses in your life?

The stress-smoking link

Women work hard, carry extra burdens, and are often the ones who take care of others. This adds up to extra stress. And stress is a reason why many women smoke. Does this sound like you? What about this one? When you have a bad day, it can seem like your cigarettes are your only friend. Cigarettes can help you calm down, relax, and feel like you are pampering yourself. Sound familiar?
But you know that smoking is also hurting you and the people in your life. Stress is part of life, so a key part of quitting smoking for many women is finding ways to handle stress and take care of themselves without smoking. So, it is worth spending some time thinking about and looking for ways to deal with the busy days that are so often a part of a woman’s life.

Dealing with stress

Here are some tips that many women have found helpful. Some of the ideas on this list may be perfect for you, others may not be your style. Some take practice, some work right away. Try them out. Come up with your own ideas (and share them with others in the Smokefree Women community External link disclaimer!). If something works for you, great! If not, no big deal. Simply try another one. You are the only person who knows what works best for you and what doesn’t. Keep looking for ways to make your quitting and your day easier. Read more...

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