Know your Triggers

Triggers which make you smoke again and again. The triggers will vary depend on people mindset based on their stressful situation. Most of the triggers fall into four different categories. Emotional, Social, Pattern, Withdrawal. Knowing and understanding your triggers is the ultimate way to deal with smoking.

Emotional Triggers:

Most of the people will tend to smoke when they have intense emotions. To escape from the below-mentioned emotions, the people will start smoke with unrelated reasons.

1. Anxious

2. Stressed

3. Excited

4. Bored

5. Happy

6. Lonely


8. After a fight with closed ones.

When your brain thinks that someone has planned to take any of these important things to you or not, then your emotions have been triggered. When your emotions are triggered, don’t take cigarettes and learn to cope with your feelings by talking out about your emotions to your friends or family member. Deep breathing will slow down the stress and anxiety, and it helps to quiet your mind within a short period. Involving in physical exercise is a great way to handle personal emotions. The brain releases endorphins which make you feel good when you do physical activities. Music is the best therapy which slows down your heart rate and lowers the blood pressure which helps in controlling emotions.

Pattern Triggers:

The pattern triggers are an activity which connects you with smoking. Some of the examples like,

1. Drinking alcohol

2. Watching TV

3. Driving

4. Work Break

5. Before sleep

6. Finishing a meal

Break the association with trigger and divert your mind by transferring the feeling to another activity. Find an alternative replacement like chewing gum, sugar candy instead of using cigarettes. Keep your hand busy with handballs or stress-free playing accessories. It’s better to do needlework which helps a lot, and it can distract you from smoking. Go for a long ride, swimming, drink more coffee at a different time, brush your teeth after a meal helps you to switch up your routing regularly when you quit.

Social Triggers:

The people who intended to smoke on several occasions are called social triggers. Check out some examples below,

1. Going to the bar

2. Going to a big event

3. Going to the concert

4. Being with friends who smoke

Once you have decided to quit avoid some places where people smoke regularly. Don’t stay with friends who smoke daily and you will get trigger easily. Ask them to support instead of joining with bad company.

Withdrawal Triggers:

If you’ve been a long-time smoker, your body is used to getting a regular dose of nicotine. When you quit, withdrawal symptoms will produce cravings for nicotine. Withdrawal triggers include:

1. Craving the taste of a cigarette

2. Smelling cigarette smoke

3. Handling cigarettes, lighters, and matches

Distract yourself and find something to take your mind off the craving.