Keep Calm and Breathe On
When a craving hits, it can be hard to get through it. You know by now that you need to have some things at the ready to distract yourself, but sometimes all you may need to get through a craving are your lungs. Deep breathing helps because it allows you to focus on your breath instead of a craving. And since cravings typically last a few minutes, breathing deeply for a short period of time can help you overcome your urge to smoke.
Deep breathing is also a great way to manage stress. Stress is often a smoking trigger that makes you crave a cigarette, and breathing deeply can counteract many of the body’s physical reactions to stress, such as lowering heart rate, releasing muscle tension, and lowering blood pressure. It’s also great at stimulating the relaxation response for a calmer, less stressed you.
Whenever you feel stressed or a craving coming on, breath in and out to these animated deep breathing graphics from DeStress Monday to help you feel instantly better, lower your stress levels, and overcome a craving!
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Need more info on how to do deep breathing? Here’s how:
- Sit or lie down somewhere comfortable, close your eyes, and take a few moments to breathe regularly, allowing your body to slow down.
- Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly.
- Inhale deeply through your nose for a count of four, making sure your belly is expanding and not your chest. Imaging breathing in energy and confidence.
- Exhale for a count of four, breathing out stale air, stress, and anything you want to leave behind.
- Continue this breathing cycle for a few minutes, keeping your breath even and smooth.
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