11 common smoking triggers and how to beat them

25 May 2019 Nicotex_Infographic_Smoking Triggers 11 Common Smoking Triggers & How To Beat Them Know Your Triggers Smoking triggers are the strong feelings that arise when you find yourself in certain situations, around certain people or at certain times of the day and make you want to reach for a cigarette. Different people have different triggers that make them want to smoke. Read on to know the most common smoking triggers and the best ways to beat them. 1. STRESS Smoking triggers are the strong feelings that arise when you find yourself in certain situations, around certain people or at certain times of the day and make you want to reach for a cigarette. Different people have different triggers that make them want to smoke. Read on to know the most common smoking triggers and the best ways to beat them. Beat It Take 10 slow, deep breaths. Take a walk around the block. Call a friend. Keep a stress ball handy and use it to keep your hands busy. Listen to some calm,soothing music. Download a guided meditation app on your phone and take a tenminute meditation break. 2. AFTER A MEAL If you've always smoked after meals, giving up that post lunch or post dinner cigarette may seem next to impossible. All you need to do though, is switch up your routine. Beat It Brush your teeth or pop a breath mint instead of a cigarette. Go for a walk. Do the dishes if you're home- you can't smoke with wet, soapy hands! 3. COFFEE Smoking triggers are the strong feelings that arise when you find yourself in certain situations, around certain people or at certain times of the day and make you want to reach for a cigarette. Different people have different triggers that make them want to smoke. Read on to know the most common smoking triggers and the best ways to beat them. Beat It Take 10 slow, deep breaths. Take a walk around the block. Call a friend. Keep a stress ball handy and use it to keep your hands busy. Listen to some calm,soothing music. Download a guided meditation app on your phone and take a tenminute meditation break. 4. WORK BREAKS If you usually step outside to smoke during breaks at work, you may feel like lighting up when it's time for your usual smoke break, or even when you're in the company of your smoking buddies at work. Beat It Why not take a short walk instead and take in some fresh air? Decline when your friends invite you for a smoke, spend time with colleagueswho don't smoke instead. 5. BOREDOM Do you find yourself reaching for a cigarette when you have nothing else to do? Boredom is a real smoking trigger and it's a mindless habit that can be hard to break. Beat It Plan something you like to do so you have something fun to look forward to. Keep a list of things you want to do, that you can refer to when you have down time. Keep things around you that will distract you and keep you busy likepuzzles or crosswords. 6. DRIVING Late for work, stuck in a traffic jam and craving a cigarette? If you've been in thehabit of smoking when you drive, even just being in the car can make you crave a cigarette. Beat It Remove all cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters from your car. Get rid ofthe smoky smell with a new air freshener. Keep gum or hard candy in your glove compartment so you'll have something to chew. 7. ALCOHOL Beer and cigarettes? Might seem like they are made for each other, but this is one trigger that's both tempting and dangerous. Alcohol both triggers your cravings and reduces your ability to resist them. Beat It Avoid drinking for the first few weeks, till cravings have faded. If you choose todrink, stay away from your usual hangouts and smoking pals for a while. Try to drink less and alternate between alcoholic & non alcoholic drinks. 8. BEDTIME If you're in the habit of lighting up with your first cuppa when you get outof bed in the morning, or if it's the last thing you do before you sleep, this might seem like a tough habit to crack. Beat It Try a new bedtime routine. Hop into the shower. Try yoga or meditation.Drink a cup of warm milk. Z Z Z 9. BEING AROUND SMOKERS When you see your smoke buddies or work pals puffing away, it can be challenging to walk away, and you may find yourself getting pulled into that familiar circle of the comfort smoke Beat It Avoid places where your friends or colleagues are likely to be smoking. Let all your friends know that you're going smoke-free and ask them to support you. 10. SEX Lighting up after sex may be a deeply ingrained habit. After the natural high of sex, many people reach for a cigarette to enhance the feeling. Beat It Create a new post-sex routine to heighten your mood. Relax witha hot bath or shower. Try listening to soothing music. Cuddle more or give each other massages. 11. SOCIAL EVENTS Social occasions that involve other people who smoke such as going to a bar or party, celebrating a big event or being with friends who smoke can often be a powerful trigger. Beat It The best way to beat this trigger is to avoid places where you knowpeople are likely to smoke like bars, parties and concerts. Ask your friends to support you by not smoking around you and get them to join you in non smoking activities instead.

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