Handling Holiday Stress Without Smoking

by | Dec 18, 2020

The holidays can quickly add to your stress, but the craziness at the end of year doesn’t have to wreck your efforts to quit smoking. Whether you’re going cold turkey or just trying to smoke less, here are a few simple ways to stop yourself from picking up that next smoke.


It’s simple but true: Deep breathing is a quick and easy way to reduce stress. Breathe in through your nose while counting to three. Breathe out through your mouth while counting to three. Repeat.

Whether your heart rate is up because of money problems, family fights or just because you’re feeling cooped up, take five minutes to focus on your breathing. It’s much healthier than smoking a cigarette and takes about the same amount of time. If you want some guidance, check out our free mindfulness and meditation session with Alexander Shelton on the Quit Culture Facebook page.

Remember WHY you quit

There’s always a reason someone decides to quit. For some of us it’s family. For others it’s health. And for some it’s just about saving some money. Every reason to quit is a good one and reminding yourself about yours is a great way to stay strong when an urge hits.

If you haven’t already, take the Quit Culture pledge, share your reason for quitting with others and come back for a reminder when you need it.

Get support (online or IRL)

Quitting is hard. There’s no way around it. But being able to talk to people who understand what you’re going through makes it easier. The Quit Culture Facebook group is a private community where people can safely talk about their journey to quit and get support from other people going through the same thing. Join the group, share your story and come back for help the next time you’re thinking about lighting up.

Use free tools

Having a coach to support you on your quit journey can be a huge help, and you don’t have to pay to get one.  Our free app offers around-the-clock support, including encouragement, more tips like these and lots of tools for tracking your progress. Download it here.