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Stop-smoking

Updated 29 January 2019

An "upper"

The nicotine in tobacco is a stimulant, and it can make you feel temporarily more alert.

The nicotine in tobacco is a stimulant, and it can make you feel temporarily more alert. In the long term, though, smoking drains your energy, making ordinary physical tasks like housework or climbing stairs tiring.

  • Get enough rest. With a good night's sleep you're more likely to feel fresh and alert.
  • Exercise regularly to raise your overall energy level.
  • Take a brisk walk instead of smoking if you feel sluggish. Physical movement is a drug-free stimulant.
  • Eat regular, nutritious meals. Smaller meals spaced throughout the day are better than three large ones for keeping energy levels constant.
  • Drink plenty of fluid; water is best.
  • Boredom can make you feel dull and lethargic, so take regular breaks (just not smoke breaks) from tedious tasks.

 

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