3 Reasons Smoking Does Not Reduce Stress Levels
“Whew…I’m feeling so stressed out— time to take a puff”
Does this sound familiar? For many smokers, it is probably their favorite expression because they believe they can’t live without their cigarettes.
As a result, many smokers swear that smoking helps them reduce stress. It doesn’t matter what situation they are in…they will have a puff claiming that it helps them to relax.
I am in no way trying to chastise people who smoke, but let’s look at the stress reduction facts from a scientific view.
1. The human body needs oxygen to survive. Without oxygen, it will be very hard for you to concentrate and do the things that we normally do. When someone inhales nicotine, they are given a jolt for a short while, but in reality, cigarettes actually take away your oxygen or reduce your oxygen levels leading to poor concentration and therefore more stress as you will need to concentrate harder on the tasks you are doing.
2. Nicotine shrinks your veins and arteries. Your heart has to pump harder for blood to flow–this increases tension and eventually leads to more stress in the the long run.
3. Chemicals and poisons in cigarettes put your body into a a state of shock. You will notice this after you smoke. You have so much waste in your body that needs a way out. Sometimes it even manifests itself through coughing(and coughing causes more stress.) When you smoke it causes your body to go through a stressful cleansing process and your body spends a lot of time pumping out waste through cough and mucus.
The human mind is a funny thing…we tend to believe what we want to believe. When you believe that smoking helps you relax and reduces your stress, then your mind works to believe this very point. Eventually, you will become too dependent on this form of “stress reduction’ and will have to worry about other diseases.
Do you smoke? How many packs a day? Leave your comment below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?