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Know Your Smoking Triggers- 12 Tips To Overcome Them

In the quitting smoking process, very often, your body will crave for that dose of nicotine with which has been used to. But it is a normal part of the process.

This desire can be generated by the association that your brain makes in an unconscious process, in which it sees and learns to use together.

This can be a certain situation, feelings, places or people. These little psychic explosions are called smoking triggers, and can happen when you least expect them.

In Yoga there is the concept of Samskara (mental impressions, memories, psychological imprints), represented by an association of actions, usually performed and which has been very strongly impregnated in your mind.

The same concept applies in the case of the smokers, who see smoking associated with different actions.

” Every action triggers a reaction.” C.G. Watson

When you get triggered, you need to find the root source, to pay close attention to them, to dive deep and to find why and what was that set your “red alert”.

These triggers can be classified into 4 categories.

TRIGGER’S CATEGORIES

PATTERN TRIGGERS

  • You get used to the fact that whenever you drink coffee or alcohol, you associate this action with smoking.
  • Many people after a meal prefer to smoke to “help digest”.
  • When you watch TV.
  • A break at work will always stimulate you to smoke;
  • In a different time of day.
  • When you are driving or talking on the phone.
  • After a sex match, the brain associate the physical exertion with calming it with a cigarette.

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” John C. Maxwell

 

 

EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS

  • When you are in the power of intense emotions or negative feelings, you associate smoking with eliminating stress, depression, anxiety, sadness, boredom, loneliness, anger, or feeling down.
  • Cooling after a fight, the elimination of tension will be associate with smoking. All this because the nicotine gives to the brain that false sense of “feel good”, which is exact the opposite. The sensation is just temporary, and all these feelings will be even more intense, after that “feel good” effect will pass. That is why, the number of cigarettes consumed, will increase significantly.
  • It can also manifest when you are in a good mood, when you feel excited or happy about something.

“Every smoker has a story, and when you tell them smoking kills, you should know that something is already killing them.”

 

 

SOCIAL TRIGGERS

  • An outing with smoker friends over a drink in bars, nightclubs, or concerts will always be associate with the desire to smoke.

“Your body can do it. It is time to convince your mind.

 

 

WITHDRAWAL TRIGGERS

  • If you are in the process of quitting smoking, your body will crave for Nicotine. So, every action of smelling cigarettes smoke; seeing somebody smoking, lighters or matches, will bring you that “alert” in your brain.
  • Due to the movement of the hand to bring the cigarette to your mouth, this reflex remains stuck in your mind, even after you quit smoking. That is why, you will always have the sensation of keeping your hands busy.

“Getting through nicotine withdrawal is EASY. The battle in your mind is not.”

Quitting smoking means to replace all these feelings and associations with different and healthier ways, that is why I share with you

12 TIPS TO OVERCOME SMOKING TRIGGERS

1. Replace a cigarette with a sugar-free chewing gum.

2. Change the routine, make the things different: drink coffee at a different hour, or you can replace it with a cup of tea.

3. If you smoke when you drink alcohol, then order a non-alcoholic drink.

4. If you smoke after the meal, replace the desire of smoking with a fruit, nuts, sun-flower seeds, raw carrot, or brush your teeth immediately after your meal.

5. Play with a stress ball, get exercise to relieve stress, anxiety and improve your mood.

6. Find healthier ways to deal with your feelings: talk with somebody about your emotions, get professional support from a therapist or connect with a counselor.

7. Do relaxation techniques, deep breathing techniques, yoga, meditation, listen to calming music.

8. Avoid social triggers for a while. It will help you to make the process easier.

9. Distract yourself from cravings.

10. Throw away your cigarettes and anything related to smoking.

11. Drink in places where smoking is not allowed.

12. Clean the house, at work, in the car, wash your clothes, to remove the smell of smoke and refresh them.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS…

Avoiding these triggers will help you to reduce the desire to smoke. I am not saying at all, that will be an easy process for you, but you should know for sure that is going to be worth it.

Well, I hope I gave you an idea on how to identify and overcome smoking triggers, and I would like to know which are your personal triggers and how you deal with them.

 

 

Till next time…

Keep Yourself SMOKE-FREE!

~ Diana D. ~

Founder of dareandbe.com/ 

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10 thoughts on “Know Your Smoking Triggers- 12 Tips To Overcome Them”

  1. Many thanks to you for giving such a wonderful article, to  have the opportunity to discuss a great topic. You have highlighted the harmful aspects of smoking through your article, and I totally agree with you. Because my brother was once addicted to a lot of cigarettes. Because he thought smoking would relieve him from anxiety. But I think smoking can relieve temporarily, but never completely relieve a person from anxiety. 

    Lastly, I hope that through your articles everyone gains a lot of knowledge and will definitely share their new experiences with you. Can I share your article on my social media? Because I think everyone should know this .

    1.  

      Hi Shanta, thank you for stopping by, and for your appreciation.

      I am glad that you shared your brother’s experience with us, and I must say you are right. Smoking will never release from anxiety, just is giving the fake feeling of doing that.

  2. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us. Smoking is very harmful to the human body. I’ve been smoking for a long time and I can’t get out of it. Because it has become my daily habit. All of the triggers you mentioned in your register are so true. I need to face many of them in different aspects during a day. I will try the tips you have mentioned in the article. Will be a new exprience. Finger crossed.

    1. Welcome Shariful to my website. Thank you for your time, and for your appreciation.

      In my articles you can read the whole process in quitting smoking. I am sure that the information and the tips provided will help you.

  3. Hello There! Thanks for sharing this tips. I totally agree with those facts you shared that triggers smoking, especially the ‘social triggers’ as it’s the reason why I’m presently smoking.

    It will put an unending smile on my face if these steps written in this article will help me stop smoking. Thanks!

    1. Hello to you, too. Good to see you back. 

      I am sure, if you will have a little faith in my work, and you will put your part in work, as well, you will succeed to be smoke free.

  4. I wish my partner would give up smoking.  I found your site in a search after, yet another “failed” “I´m definitely giving up smoking this time”.  I´m going to share your page with her.  I have also bookmarked your site. She likes yoga, so perhaps that might be the approach for her. & tell me how does smoke help food digest?  Doesn´t a healthy walk do the same? Or better? The emotional triggers are certainly true in the case of my partner. She is highly emotional, but it can be as simple as when she has watched an emotional film and she somehow “relates” to what she has seen.  I find that frustrating.

    I think you have a good list of tips to help overcome.  Are you aware of any statistics on which of these is the most effective?  Is chewing gum the best? Since she joins me in the gym more regularly that has reduced her smoking too.  Perhaps that is related to the endorphins exercise releases?

    1. Hello Trevor, good to see you here, and thank you for your support for my work.

      To answer your questions: smoking acts as an appetite suppressant, that is why for many smokers, it is a reason not to give up smoking. 

      I will soon create an article on how to prevent weight gain after quitting smoking and what other alternative therapies can support staying smoke free. So stay tuned!

      But I will tell you a few tips in advance for your partner. She has to drink a lot of water, to be hydrated, so she will have that “full” feeling and keep her from eating.

      I recommend her to eat bananas; This technique I use with my clients, and it gives very good results.

      She needs to exercise, to eat healthy and to nurture her spirit to try yoga, meditation, breathing techniques and relaxation techniques.

  5. Not personally a smoker myself but my other half is and having read this article I understand now some of the triggers that lead him to smoke, especially the pattern trigger that whenever he drinks alcohol, he associates this action with smoking One of your 12 tips to overcome smoking is to order a non-alcoholic drink so we will be trying this out over the next few days as well as a few of your other tips (I really like the one about cleaning the house – but I am not sure he will!)   I shall also be sharing your site with my partner and hope that it encourages him to think about his smoking habits. 

    1. Hello there,

      I am glad to see you on my website. Thank you very much for sharing your experience and for your funny points.

      When I was a smoker, I had the same problem with my partner, but in my situation, the problem was me.When I quit smoking, I realized how annoying can be for a non-smoker.

      So, I understand you perfectly.

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