We know life can be stressful, whether you’re quitting yourself or if you have a child who is smoking or vaping. Relaxation strategies can help. These techniques will help you feel calm, relaxed, and grounded.
You can use them anytime you feel stressed or anxious. You might even share them with your other family, friends, or coworkers.
When you're ready, set your quit date. This will give you the time you need to get ready—and give you something to work toward.
Deep breathing is easy and effective. It reduces stress and can be done anywhere, anytime.
"Grounding" teaches you to focus on a physical object. This practice can help with anxiety.
Use your imagination to feel calmer. This method can also help you prepare for future stressful times.
Feel like you're spiraling? Read tips for staying calm even when life gets stressful.
Often we think of stress as something that is happening to us: too many demands, situations that aren’t resolving as we hoped, or a series of unfavorable events. However we might benefit from seeing stress in a different light, as how we react to events, rather than how events are happening to us.
Human beings are hardwired for being stressfully active. Our ‘stress system’ is the mechanism by which our body manages energy to meet the demands of living in the world. But, the demands that we face today are very different than the world in which our brains evolved.