How I Quit Smoking With Stress Reduction and Martial Arts
Many relaxation techniques may help you stop smoking.
Tips for Stress-Reduction Activities While You Stop Smoking
The American Cancer Society's Quitline counselors and other
smoking-cessation experts recommend a variety of techniques to help you quit
- Deep breathing. Breathe in deeply, letting your stomach expand until your
lungs are filled. Pause a minute. Then exhale fully. Pause a minute. Then take
another deep breath in, hold a minute, then exhale. Continue with your eyes
closed until you feel calm.
- Guided imagery. "Imagine yourself in the situation that causes you the
most difficulty, and picture all the strategies you're going to use to address
the situation without smoking," says Trina Ita, the counseling supervisor
for the American Cancer Society's Quitline. "We call it a mental
- T'ai chi. This mind-body exercise combines deep breathing with postures
that flow from one to the next through a series of slow, continuous movements.
Researchers at the University of Miami are now studying its effectiveness as
part of a smoking-cessation program.
There are other relaxation techniques, including yoga and meditation. The
trick is to find a relaxation technique that you enjoy, and that fits into your