Although it’s widely known that smoking cigarettes is terrible for your physical health, it’s also a common belief that smoking helps you relax.
Plenty of smokers say they want to quit, but some continue because they believe it helps them with stress and anxiety.
It’s a myth. I’m here to tell you that smoking actually increases anxiety and tension!
Cigarettes interfere with certain chemicals in your brain.
When addicted to smoking, the craving for a cigarette will make you feel irritable and anxious. The feelings are temporarily relieved when you smoke another cigarette, tricking you into associating the improved mood with smoking.
By quitting cigarettes, you’ll see your positive mood improve, and better quality of life. It can also lower stress levels, and reduce anxiety and depression.
Quitting smoking can be incredibly difficult. If you’d like to find support, places such as the Department of Health and Human Services may offer free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges to help you kick your bad habit.