Are You in the Mood to Be Smokefree?
Monday, November 26, 2012
Research shows that stress and certain moods are among the main reasons people smoke or go back to smoking after they quit.
Stress is a natural part of life. Stress is going to happen. An argument with a friend or too much to do at work can make you feel stressed out. So can a sick or cranky child, or getting cut off in traffic. Everyday events can add up to produce stress. You might have learned to deal with stress by smoking. Even after you quit, you may want a cigarette when you have stress.
Negative moods can cause urges to smoke. Depression (feeling sad for a long time), anxiety (feeling tense or nervous), anger, and boredom are some of the negative moods that might make you want to smoke, even after you’ve quit.
Good times also can cause urges to smoke. About one-quarter of smokers who relapse say they started smoking again when they were feeling really happy or relaxed. Weddings, parties, and other celebrations may be especially risky because other smokers might be around. Also, if you drink alcohol, you might feel so good that you don’t want to fight the urge to smoke.
You can learn how to deal with these ups and downs without smoking. Think about these 10 ways to cope with emotions without cigarettes and find the ways that work for you.