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May 31, 2020
During stressful times, it's easy to revert back to, or intensify bad habits. We’ll naturally revert to a quick ciggy, to ‘calm the nerves’ - as humans we use different coping mechanisms to gain some control over our mental or physical wellbeing, especially when we’re feeling out of control - global pandemic, or not! We’re here to give you the lowdown on how to quit smoking post-lockdown, while utilising some healthy coping strategies for stress!
Job losses, impending recessions or getting sick during a pandemic - we’re all feeling like 2020 has been an unprecedented time, to say the least. Where lockdown has been used as a positive strategy to decrease likelihood of community-spread of Covid, we’re seeing some of the negative effects of being isolated in our homes. For example, during Covid-19 Lockdown, global statistics saw an increase in spend by up to 90% on alcohol (with most popular being rum!). Other stressful events or disasters have shown similar relationships between increased use of tobacco smoking, and alcohol consumption. Similarly our mental wellbeing takes a hit - where the Need to Talk NZ helpline saw increased themes of relationship problems, and anxiety in people who called, during Level 4, for example.
If tobacco smoking habits increase during stressful times, increased awareness around healthy coping strategies can make it more likely for your quit smoking plan to be a success. Where your smoking may feel like it's calming you down at the time, it’s short-lived - you’ll later feel the withdrawal from the ‘reward’ chemical in the brain, dopamine. Natural methods of relaxation, can reduce your feelings of anxiety, and ultimately your dependence on smoking as a de-stressor.
We’ve curated a post-lockdown quit smoking checklist, that focuses on smoking cessation strategies that target stress-reduction:
Take on a more holistic approach to quitting smoking today - instead of burning that cigarette, burn the 2020 calendar and start looking forward to how you can reframe your post-lockdown quit smoking plan, that puts your wellbeing at the centre!
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