The Upsides of Smoking—And How Terss Lets You Keep Them
Deep Breaths and Break Time
Why do we smoke? There’s an addictive side to it, sure, and a strong social element. But there’s more to it than that.
Think about what it means to take a smoke break. We pause our work. We get up, stretch out. We step outdoors, often into a space we have to ourselves. We engage in a familiar ritual of pulling out the box and shaking out the cigarette, we light up…and we breathe deep. We take five or six slow, deep breaths, maybe more. We think things over. Then we drop the butt in an ashtray and get back to our day.
In other words, a smoke break isn’t just about cravings. It’s a moment of respite, a chance to gather our thoughts, and an opportunity to breathe habitually, ritually, soothingly deep.
And notice that those benefits are purely healthy. Deep breaths and short breaks are great for us! The problem most smokers face is, well, the smoke itself. Our deep breaths come only through a cigarette, and our breaks can feel more like a chance to get our fix than a moment of peaceful reflection.
The solution? Free your breath from the smoke.
The Benefits of Breathing
Let’s pause for a second. You might not realize just how healthy breathing really is. Deliberate, conscious deep breathing is a powerful medical treatment for “stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, [and] substance abuse,” and “enhance[s] well-being, mood, attention, mental focus, and stress tolerance.” When you compare people who practice deep, mindful breathing every day to those who don’t, you find that the deep-breathers are more optimistic, less stressed, less anxious, and less likely to be depressed.
As long as the deep breathing is intentional—as long as you’re aware of it, focused on the breathing itself—it works both long-term and short-term. It has immediate benefits after just a few minutes, as it lowers your blood pressure and heart rate, makes it easier to focus, and helps you feel calm. The reason it works so well is that deep breathing stretches your lungs, triggering a neural mechanism that calms you down, reduces the stress-related hormones in your system, activates your parasympathetic nervous system, and reduces your oxygen consumption.
In other words, mindful deep breathing works.
Terssing and Deep Breaths
Now, no accessory can replace expert training in tried-and-tested deep breathing techniques, no matter how stylish or elegant it might be.
What a Terss can do, though, is replace your cigarettes or vape or pipe. It can do what we talked about a moment ago, freeing the best and healthiest parts of smoking from the harmful effects of smoke itself. With a Terss, you can get all the benefits of the smoke break: time to yourself (if you want it), space to think, the ritual of pulling it out and bringing it to your mouth, and that all-important slow, deep breath. All with no downsides. (Plus, your Terss will last a lifetime and costs less than a single pack of cigarettes.)
Terssing is a simple, accessible, satisfying change. It can help you turn one of the most burdensome, addictive, damaging parts of your life into a pure health benefit. We don’t yet know whether terssing has all the same benefits as classic techniques like yogic meditation, but it’s definitely a big step in the right direction.
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