CATCHING OUR BREATH:
A Journal About Change for Women
Booklet currently under
revision and not available for sale.
Women's Health Clinic
researched and written by
project co-ordinated by
Madeline Boscoe, Advocacy Co-ordinator
Women's Health Clinic
Health Promotion Directorate of Health and Welfare
What is Catching Our Breath?
Catching our Breath is an unique approach to helping women overcome
some of the problems they face with their use of tobacco. Catching our
Breath is for women who want to:
- Reduce the amount they
- Quit smoking
- Learn more about why they
- Learn ways to relax and
cope without smoking
Catching our Breath inspires women to ask:
- Why did we start smoking?
- What purpose does smoking
- Can we learn to live
happily without our cigarettes?
- Does quitting smoking
The desire to change can be a powerful force. It compels us to examine our
lives and raises important questions about how we would like to be.
Just as each woman has her own reasons for smoking, each — in her
own time — will have her own ways of quitting and reasons for staying
What Catching Our Breath Offers
The Catching Our Breath approach affirms that every woman's life is precious
and worth the time and effort it takes to quit smoking.
The Catching Our Breath Journal
Use of the journal encourages the development and practice of alternatives to
smoking. These include: journaling, music, conscious breathing, relaxation
techniques, self affirmation and reward. Being good to yourself and having
fun are part of the process!
The journal can be used individually, working at one's own pace, or within
a support group setting.
The Catching Our Breath Group
Using the Catching Our Breath Journal, Women's Health Clinic offers an 8
– 12 week group about smoking and change for women. If your community
group or workplace is interested in having a group, please call us for
further information and fee schedule.
To facilitate your own group, Women' Health Clinic can provide facilitator
training. We offer a Facilitator's Guide which can be adapted to meet the
needs of particular hroups and different levels of literacy in communities
What Women have to say about the Catching
Our Breath Journal:
"Smoking has been my best friend. It hasn't been easy to change, but
it's worth it!"
"Changing my thinking about smoking has been powerful. I am starting
to believe I can quit."
"I can cope with my feelings now without being overwhelmed."
"When I finally quit for good it was because I stopped believing in
the cigarette..Slowly I started to believe in the power of me."
"I've tried quitting lots of times....it was definitely easier this
time. I'd recommend Catching Our Breath to any woman."