Stress and anxiety can increase your urge to smoke, especially when you're trying to quit. Use stress management and relaxation techniques to keep stress and anxiety under control. 1. Prioritize your tasks. 2. Consider what tasks you can eliminate or delegate to someone else. 3. Take a break when you need it. 4. Use such relaxation exercises as physical activity, deep breathing or meditation. 5. Stretch or simply listen to your favorite music.