Find what works for you
Ask yourself, aside from smoking, what you do when you're upset to calm down? How do you take care of yourself when you are feeling less than your best? Some people find that going for a brisk walk, doing deep breathing exercises, or talk to a friend can help manage stress.
Address stress at the source
Try to address the source of stress itself, as well as coping with it. Any part of your life can stress you out-- work, relationships, financials -- and concern around your smoking might compound the stress from other areas of your life. Seek to address those problems directly and find solutions. Managing stress in your life will reduce the urge to smoke.
Get the support you need
Try not to deal with stress on your own. The most important factor in coping with stress is to reach out for support. Share your feelings with people in your life to help you through stressful times and keep you on track with your quit. Remember our Quit Coaches are available to help find ways to deal with stress that will work for you.
Manage cravings and withdrawal
On top of work, family, and every day stress, quitting smoking is itself a stressful process. If withdrawal from nicotine is what’s causing your stress, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about quitting aids, like nicotine replacement therapies or prescription medications, to help reduce withdrawal symptoms and manage the stress. To deal with stress that comes from cravings, try the 4Ds.