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Health Tip: Facing Emotions Without Cigarettes

Find healthier ways to cope

(HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking can be an emotional step, and there are ways to help you fight the temptation to resume the habit.

The Smokefree.gov website recommends:

  • Take a break from what's making you emotional or nervous. Find something to use as a distraction, such as reading a book or playing a game.
  • Call a friend or family member to talk through what you're feeling.
  • Get some exercise to take your mind off of your worries. Also, eat a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep.
  • Create a plan to help you deal with stressful, emotional situations. Set reasonable goals.
  • Don't succumb to negative thoughts. Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can, and reward yourself for a job well done.
  • Stop and count to 10 while breathing deeply, and let go of what's bothering you.
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