A great way to feel calmer as you stop smoking is to use established guided meditation and visualisation techniques. This can not only make you feel relaxed but may help you to make other healthy lifestyle choices. Try out this guided meditation.
Take a break
When you start to feel stressed don’t reach for a cigarette instead download the My Possible Self app that is clinically proven to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living with stress, anxiety and low mood.
Exercising for 30 minutes a day is a great self-care practice to get endorphins flowing and to boost energy. As you quit smoking, you may notice that as your lungs heal you have less coughing and shortness of breath, making it easier to exercise. Download the NHS Couch to 5k to get you started
Get a good nights sleep
Sleep disturbances are a common side effect of nicotine withdrawal. Lack of sleep can make everything, including quitting smoking, feel so much harder. So, it’s particularly important to get on top of any sleep problems you may encounter quickly. To help you to get a good night’s sleep as you quit smoking visit the Good Thinking website.
Get a new hobby
Doing something you enjoy will help you relax. A hobby will also give you something to look forward to, and is a way to forget about your stress. A hobby like yoga helps with breathing and relaxation techniques for whenever you feel stressed.
Ask for help!
Stress affects everyone and can be difficult to deal with. If you feel yourself struggling with your feelings the good thinking website has some great tips, or contact your GP. You can also get expert advice from a number of specialist helplines. For help at any stage of your stop smoking journey contact your local stop smoking service.
Everyone has bad days. So make sure you focus on the good days. Don’t feel guilty for taking time off and doing something you love.
Talk to your family or a friend
You don’t have to suffer stress alone. You may find your friends have been in similar situations and it always helps to talk so try phoning or video calling your friends.
Make a plan!
By giving yourself time to prepare, you can move forward with your stop smoking journey with confidence. Getting support and using a stop smoking medication greatly increases your chances of successfully stopping for good. For help to plan your quit journey call the Stop Smoking London helpline on 0300 123 1044.