Figure out what your smoking triggers are. Coffee, talking on the phone, after meals, going for a drive, after work — or all those and more.
What is a trigger? What's a craving? You tend to crave a cigarette when you haven't had one in an hour or so because your brain is asking for more nicotine. But there are certain times when you want a cigarette because it just seems to go with what you are doing or feeling. Those cigarette-connected situations are called "triggers."
What causes triggers? As nicotine addiction sets in, the brain connects parts of our daily routines with cravings to make sure we get a steady flow of nicotine — boosting the role of cigarettes in our life. Without thinking, our normal everyday activities trigger the urge to smoke. Drinking coffee in the morning. Talking on the phone. Stress at work. Relaxing with friends. During these trigger situations, craving a smoke is really another way the brain is looking for a nicotine fix. Now that you are quitting you need to approach these situations with alternate plans like the ones you find here in Trigger Solutions.