Smoking Triggers and How to Avoid Them

There are countless instances and events that can trigger our need to pick up a cigarette. For many, it becomes a crutch that can be difficult to take off. Here are a few things that might trigger you to take a puff, and ways to circumvent having to do so:
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  • Stress: Family or job stresses, arguments, memories or, believe it or not, even video games can particularly make it difficult to not ease the tension with a smoke.
  • Loneliness: No one likes to be alone. Over time, a cigarette can almost turn into your best friend. The convenience it affords is very seductive. 
  • Excitement: There may be cause to celebrate, such as a job promotion or graduation day, and often times this means you give yourself a reason to have a smoke. 
  • Anxiety: Worry is a big aspect of peoples' lives, and a primary trigger for a smoker. A cigarette can give many a feeling of ease and control to allow some dissipation of tension.
  • Boredom: Convenience is again a factor here. When a cigarette is easily available, it is hard not to take advantage. 

    The smoking triggers are documented, but what can we do? Well, here are some tips to avoid them:

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Keep Busy

There is a lot you can do to replace those days and nights puffing away at a cigarette. Here are just a few ideas to consider:

Physical exercise: There's nothing better to put you in a good mood or give yourself a sense of worth or accomplishment than a good workout. Lifting weights, going for a run, stretching, or even trying yoga have all been scientifically documented to be a fantastic means of deterring 

cravings. A workout routine will keep you disciplined and away from a harmful cigarette habit.

Spending time with friends and familyBeing alone isn't always a good idea if your smoking habit tends to be a stage 5 clinger. That's why it's best to be with people that you love. Allow yourself a good support system of friends and family that respects your needs to quit, and encourage it.
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Pick up a new hobby: Never stop learning. There's nothing wrong with picking up an instrument or building things. Joining a band, writing, working on figurines and models, painting, drawing; express yourself! There are so many different outlets for creativity out there that can prove to be an enlightening, joyful experience for you.

Read a book: Feeling adventurous? Want to travel back in time to see what it was like during medieval times? Or how about enjoying a world of wizards and kings? All possible when you pick up a book. Everyone enjoys a good story, and it's a much better alternative than having a smoke.

Take a Deep Breath

If you're having trouble with triggers, just take a breath. Sometimes breathing in deeply is all you need to bring you back to the present moment.

Take a deep breath and hold it before slowly counting to 10. Once finished, slowly breath out. Take another deep breath and reverse it this time; count backwards from 10.

Engaging with the mind and grounding yourself is sometimes all you need to get through for the moment. 

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Be Vigilant

Keep an eye out for those triggers and track them. As soon as you see it, make notes of it. Habits repeat themselves, and smoking is a prime example.

Overall, it's about embracing a new you. Quitting smoking can be most successful when you approach it from a lifestyle-changing perspective.

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