Sometimes it's just nice to have a cigarette. Of course, it's chemically addicting, but it's also habitually addicting. For instance, some smoke only when they have a cocktail or with coffee (two beverages tightly associated with smoking). There are even medications that increase the desire to smoke, which is an excellent reason to consult a doctor before starting a quitting campaign.
It doesn't matter what your particular triggers are. You might have one or you might have a hundred. Everyone is different in their chemical makeup and mental ability to cope with withdrawal and addiction. The important thing is to stay positive and try your hardest every day.
Some general tips for dealing with triggers whenever they appear:
- Talk to your doctor: Your doctor should be the first person you talk to about trying to quit smoking. He or she will know your personal medical history and be able to help you.
- Tell everyone else: By enlisting the support of your peers and loved ones, you will have an immediate group of people willing to help you when triggers arise.
- Find a new hobby: This is especially for anyone who loves the activity associated with smoking. Find something else to do with your hands, like reading, knitting or playing video games. Make sure your new hobby keeps you out of places you associate with smoking (like bars and bowling alleys).
- Exercise, eat right, sleep: A good night's sleep, plenty of water and nutritious meals will help you feel better, creating a link in your mind between not smoking and feeling great.
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