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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 is the stress response?

The stress response is the set of changes in your body and mind that happen in response to a threat or stress. It's something called the "fight-or-flight" response.

The stress response protects you in times of real physical danger by preparing the body for action. But it can be just as strong in times of mental or emotional stress.

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