Today is #NoSmokingDay, a time to focus on the benefits of giving up smoking, not only the physical ones, but the positive effects it can have on your mental health too.
There has never been a more important time look after your mental and physical health. Stopping smoking has immediate benefits to your physical health. Long-term it will significantly reduce your chances of developing many illnesses, including:
- heart disease
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
While giving up can feel stressful in the short-term, new research shows that those who have quit for at least 6 weeks are happier and show signs of improved mental health such as experiencing less anxiety and depression.
Free help is available for Bracknell Forest residents who want to give up through our stop smoking service ‘Smoke Free Life Berkshire’. The specialist service supports individuals through a range of methods, including face-to-face (when restrictions allow), digital, and online support. They can also provide nicotine replacement therapy.
Cllr Dale Birch, Chair of the Bracknell Forest Health and Wellbeing Board and Executive Member for Health, said:
“Some smokers believe that smoking helps you to relax, when actually smoking increases anxiety and tension. Quitting not only improves your physical health – it boosts your mental health and wellbeing too.
“Locally 11.9% of Bracknell Forest residents are smokers, so if you live in the borough and want to quit, you can reach out to Smoke Free Life Berkshire who can provide free support.
“It’s not easy to give up smoking, but how you feel in the long-run will make it all worth it. Use this day to prioritise your health and get started on your journey to being smoke free."
If you’re ready to say goodbye to smoking once and for all, contact Smoke Free Life Berkshire.