It was no surprise to me to learn today that a new study carried out by the British Heart Foundation has found that smokers are more likely to suffer from mental health problems. In fact, the study (reported here) found that smokers are 70% more likely to experience either depression, anxiety or both. This is an outstanding figure, but it is no surprise to me, from my client work.
It is a common misconception amongst smokers that smoking relaxes them, or reduces anxiety, whereas nicotine is a powerful stimulant that increases blood pressure and heart rate. Smokers only feel relaxed whilst they are smoking because they are satisfying their nicotine craving.The good news, however, is that those who stop smoking can reduce their risk of suffering from depression or anxiety and bring it down to the level of those who have never smoked. The same is true for physical health risks such as cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. There is no better time to stop smoking than right now. March 11 is National No Smoking Day. If you book in for a Stop Smoking session with me and mention this blog post, Iwill give you £10 off the usual cost of a stop smoking session during March 2015.
Why wait any longer – improve your life right now….