Cope with stress

Many people smoke to deal with stress. Part of quitting is finding healthier ways to cope without cigarettes.

Everyone feels stress - it's a fact of life. Stress comes from both the good and bad things that happen to you. When you aren't sure how to handle events or situations, you worry and feel stress.

How you respond to stress can help you or harm you. No matter how much you might want a stress-free life, you actually need some stress. It can help you get going and get things done. If you find you are stressed, here is some information to help:

What does the stress response do to the body?

In a stressful situation, the body makes chemicals that trigger:

  • Faster heart rate and higher blood pressure
  • Fast breathing
  • Sweating
  • A sudden rush of strength
  • Slowed digestions
  • Dilated (larger) pupils
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