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The perfect wellness combo: being more active, eating better and managing stress! Before you quit, identify how you want to improve each one in your daily life. That way, you’ll be able to add changes gradually to your routine without turning your life inside out when you stop smoking.
It is true that nicotine can have a relaxing effect on our muscles, but the feeling of relaxation is mainly due to nicotine dependence. Smokers lacking nicotine become tense and stressed. Smoking provides the body with its dose of nicotine in order to calm down. But after the first episode of stress, the body claims another dose. Quite a toxic vicious circle!
You have everything to gain by trying other ways to manager your stress, such as taking breaks during the day and learning a few relaxation techniques.
If you feel the pressure rising, resist!