STRESS MANAGEMENT: YOUR SECRET WEAPON TO SUCCESSFULLY QUITTING SMOKING
Weight gain. Stress. Irritability. If you’re one of the nearly 70 percent of smokers who, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), want to kick their habit for good, you may be all too-familiar with these withdrawal symptoms. But the good news is that all of these challenges — including stress — can be managed, which raises your odds of quitting for good. “Your life doesn’t change completely the moment that you quit smoking,” says Bill Blatt, MPH, the national director of tobacco control programs for the American Lung Association (ALA).
The first step toward success is to find a way to cope with each stressful situation in your life. Read on for tips and techniques that can help you kick the habit and remain smoke free.