Of late, am so into these misleading titles… that people expect something totally different from what I actually end up writing. Yeah – this post is similar – am yet again spreading sweetness and light. I have this super-affinity to all things health-related – could be my constant association with hospitals and doctors – could be because I am part of an ethics committee (that evaluates protocols for clinical trials) – and could be just that I am fulfilling that sneaky wish to share information that can make life better…
Whatever – this one’s about smoking – and why it is time to kick that butt.
Most smokers are convinced that lighting that cigarette and taking a deep ‘soothing’ drag can make them feel better – if they are in a lousy mood, feel down in the dumps or just stressed out.
The bad news is that the gentle wisp of blue smoke does not dissolve your anger, contempt, fear, disgust or guilt. There’s research to prove the opposite.
Here you go, you non-believers –
“A recent study in the December 2008 issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine concludes that smoking actually makes smokers feel more stressed on stressful days, in addition to it making them feel worse emotionally.”
That sense of relaxation you experience when you smoke is just an illusion. That cigarette is cheating you. It is just your body reacting to the nicotine. And, worse still – appeasing that craving between smokes. Cigarettes are NOT magic wands. They do not have any positive effect on your stress or well being.
So – here are some action points for those willing to take action:
Smoking is not a stress management technique – so don’t smoke when you are stressed. It won’t work. Instead – do something healthy and beneficial:
- Go for a short walk.
- Talk to a friend.
- Think positive thoughts.
- Eat a well balanced diet
- Make a list of feel-good things to do when you feel stressed
Striking that match or flipping the lighter will not lighten your mood.
Kicking the butt will. Hey – at least cut down – cut that chain – you could use that money!
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