Get To Know Your Triggers

by | Sep 18, 2022

The items that trigger the desire to smoke are called triggers. A stressful circumstance, drinking coffee, attending a party, drinking alcohol, or smelling cigarette smoke are some examples of triggers that differ for various people.

Emotional Reactions
Smoking is popular among those who experience strong emotions. An emotional trigger brings back memories of how you felt when you smoked to improve or hide an unpleasant mood, such as when you were:

. Stressed
. Anxious
. Excited
. Bored\Feeling Down\Feelng Happy
. Lonely
. Satisfied
. After an argument

We have found that the best way to handle emotional triggers is without turning to smoking, you can learn effective coping mechanisms. Try using these techniques to manage emotional triggers:

Discuss your feelings. It can help to express your feelings to a friend or family member.
Breathe in slowly and deeply. Deep breathing will calm your thoughts, slow down your body, and lessen cravings. This is a fantastic method of controlling stress and anxiety.
Exercise. Exercise is a fantastic technique to manage emotions. Your brain releases endorphins when you work out. Chemicals called endorphins in the brain are happy-making substances.
Play some relaxing music. By reducing stress hormones, blood pressure, and pulse rate, music can help you unwind.

Pattern Repetitions
An activity that you associate with smoking is known as a pattern trigger. These activities include, for instance:

A telephone conversation
When smokers are consuming alcohol
Watching TV
While Driving
Having a coffee after finishing a meal
Other triggers might be, taking a break from work, having sex, or just before going to bed at night
So, the best way to handle pattern triggers is to break the association with the trigger and transfer the feeling to another activity.

Some smokers even try other replacements. Chewing gum. eating sugar-free sweets. Sipping through a straw.
Aim to keep your hands busy. play with a ball, some cards, and a pen. Draw or paint. Play with a coin.
Get active. Take a walk. Use a bike. Take a swim. You can always avoid smoking by exercising.
Alter your usual daily habits. Try having your coffee at a different time than usual or brushing your teeth immediately after you’ve eaten for instance.

Social Reactions
Social triggers are situations where there are frequently other smokers present. Here are a few instances:

At a bar
When you’re attending a party or another social gathering
When you’re attending a concert
Watching somebody else smoking
Being around other smokers
Maybe even when you’re celebrating a major occasion, which usually involves passing around cigarettes or cigars
The best way to handle social triggers once you’ve decided to stop smoking is to stay away from smoking areas and ask your friends to refrain from smoking around you, although some will want to stay in the smoking trap with them, so they won’t oblige. It will grow simpler as time passes. Tell your loved ones that you are stopping smoking. Ask that they support you in any way they can.

Pullback Triggers
If you’ve smoked for a while, the little nicotine monster is used to receiving his nicotine fix on a regular basis. Nicotine cravings are brought on by withdrawal symptoms after you stop smoking. triggers for withdrawal often include:

The smell of cigarette smoke
When using matches, lighters, and cigarettes
The need and habit to use your lips or hands to perform an action
Having restless feelings or other signs of withdrawal

How to handle withdrawal symptoms. Get distracted. Try to distract yourself from the need by doing anything else that doesn’t involve smoking.