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Coping with stress

Stress is a big reason people smoke or vape in the first place, but in the long run, smoking or vaping adds more stress to life instead of taking it away.

Here are a few ways to handle stress: 


Move more

Exercise is a natural stress and anxiety reliever. Endorphins from exercise naturally reduce stress more effectively than nicotine.


Get some sleep 

Getting the right amount of sleep can greatly reduce stress. If you can’t do this on your own or you have significant sleep problems, consider getting help from a health professional who specializes in sleep disorders.


Eat healthier foods 

Many people default to comfort food when feeling stressed. However, a healthy diet is much more effective at managing stress. 


Take deep breaths 

Deep breathing helps you think more clearly and calmly. It’s a great way to manage stress or a craving. 


Talk to a counsellor 

A counsellor can provide support for stress and anxiety management. Tap into the counselling services available to BC Public Service employees through the extended benefits plan. Learn more on MyHR.

If you are struggling with anxiety or depression related to quitting, remember this is temporary and due to nicotine withdrawal. If you are struggling with significant anxiety, depression or agitation as a result of quitting, seek help from a medical professional.



Struggling with cravings? Remember the 4 Ds: Delay, Distract, Drink Water, Deep Breathing.