Moving away from vaping is an opportunity to take better care of yourself mentally and physically. Quitting vaping is an act of self-love because it empowers you to put yourself first.
Coping strategies can help you as you adjust to being nicotine-free. More importantly, they’ll help you deal with life without turning to vaping.
When you adjust to being without nicotine, you may notice some physical and mental changes. You’ll probably experience withdrawal symptoms like headaches, irritability, stomach issues, and mood swings. These symptoms will pass the more time you’ve been quit, but it’s helpful to have some go-to strategies to handle them.
If you often vape to deal with uncomfortable feelings, chances are you are using vaping as a coping mechanism. Emotions – whether difficult or joyful – are an unavoidable part of being human.
Focusing on your breath can lower stress, calm the mind, and help you relax. Box breathing is an exercise you can do anywhere!
Try Box Breathing next time you have a craving to vape!
Grounding techniques can create space from distressing or anxious feelings and help you refocus on the present. They’re also really useful if you're having a craving to vape.
5-4-3-2-1 Method - Engage your senses by naming:
- 5 things you see
- 4 things you can touch
- 3 things you can hear
- 2 things you can smell, and
- 1 thing you can taste
Meditation helps quiet the mind and increases feelings of calm and self-compassion. Try this simple body scan meditation next time you’re feeling anxious or down.
Self-care is the actions we take to support our future selves, like brushing our teeth, having a shower, and nourishing ourselves. Self-care activities can help us self-soothe in the moment and set us up to feel better in the long run.
Examples of self-care while you’re quitting or reducing:
- A warm bath
- Self- massage
- Listening to music
- Walking in nature