Stopping smoking is GOOD for your mental health. Studies have shown that quitting cigarettes is proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing: it can improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression.
Most smokers say they want to stop, but some continue because smoking seems to relieve stress and anxiety. It's a common belief that smoking will help you relax, but smoking actually INCREASES anxiety and tension. Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop depression over time.
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When smokers haven't had a cigarette for a while, the craving for another one makes them feel irritable and anxious. These feelings can be temporarily relieved when they light up a cigarette. So smokers associate the improved mood with smoking.
In fact, it's the effects of smoking itself that's likely to have caused the anxiety in the first place. Cutting out smoking does improve mood and reduces anxiety.
When people stop smoking, studies show:
People with mental health problems are likely to feel much calmer and more positive, and have a better quality of life, after giving up smoking.
Evidence suggests the beneficial effect of stopping smoking on symptoms of anxiety and depression can equal that of taking antidepressants.
Our advisors are on hand to answer any questions or provide additional support as you need it. We operate stop smoking clinics throughout Barnsley, Calderdale, Doncaster, Sheffield and Wakefield or if you prefer, you can choose to use our telephone quit service.
You can call us on 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines) or 0330 660 1166 (free from most mobiles).
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