If you’re suffering from vape addiction, as millions of people in North America are, don’t sweat: You can use meditation to quit vaping.
The reason why vaping is addictive is that there is nicotine in most vapes, including JUUL . As you continue to vape, your body and brain become accustomed to the high nicotine levels, and when you attempt to quit, you will experience withdrawal symptoms, just like when you try to quit smoking.
Many people keep on vaping despite wanting to quit. And when they do attempt to quit, they experience anxiety, negative thoughts, and other withdrawal symptoms.
Vaping withdrawal symptoms include:
- feeling low
- difficulty concentrating
Thankfully, we can use meditation to stop cravings, to reduce withdrawal symptoms, and to start to live vape-free.
Meditation is the practice of focusing the mind on the present moment in a non-judgmental way. There are numerous ways to use meditation to quit vaping. For instance, breathing meditations, mindfulness, guided meditations, mantras, yoga (and other mindful movements) and more. These techniques help you to control cravings and they reduce the impact of vape-withdrawal symptoms.
Benefits of Meditation For Quitting Vaping
There are numerous ways in which meditation helps you quit vaping. Although there is little scientific research on the link between meditation and vaping, there is a lot of research on how meditation helps other addictions, and many people on Reddit and other websites have said that meditation helped them to stop vaping.
For starters, meditation gives you a natural high that can replace vaping.
In 2002, the American Journal Of Psychology researched the effects of addictions on the brain. They found that substances stimulated the prefrontal cortex to produce a temporary high. And in 2005, neuroscientist Dr. Sara Lazar at Harvard found that meditation increases activity in the prefrontal cortex. In other words, you get a natural high from meditation that can replace vaping.
Meditation produces alpha and theta brainwaves
Meditation produces alpha and theta brainwaves that help you quit vaping and other addictions.
In 2005, The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse revealed that these brainwaves help people overcome addiction, and meditation produces those brainwaves naturally.
Meditation helps vapers with cravings.
The key to controlling cravings is not to try to suppress them (which is actually detrimental to quitting). Instead, mindfully observe the sensations of cravings and do not react to them.
Mindfulness will let you do precisely that. This simple practice trains the mind to observe the present moment in a non-reactive way, so that you can experience cravings without caving-in to them.
Meditation provides a healthy dopamine fix.
One of the main reasons why vaping is addictive is because it produces a dopamine release . Dopamine is a pleasure chemical that produces a high.
When vaping, and soon after, you experience a dopamine hit. The longer you go without vaping, the lower your dopamine levels descend, creating withdrawal symptoms.
Meditation, however, provides a natural release of dopamine and promotes dopamine stability when you are not meditating. This helps to replace the high from vaping, so you are less dependent on your vape.
Finally, meditation reduces stress.
Most addictions are affected by stress . The more stressed you feel, the more you are inclined to vape. The key is to stop the stress. Of course, there are many ways to do this, but one of the most effective techniques is meditation.
By spending twenty minutes doing breathing meditations, you will relax the mind and reduce stress, helping you to stay away from vapes.
Clearly, there are lots of reasons to use meditation to quit vaping. But how do you do it?
Using Meditation To Quit Vaping
1: Start meditating for twenty minutes a day
The best way to use meditation to quit vaping is simply to start meditating.
I recommend meditating for twenty minutes each day. Try to meditate at the same time each day, because this will create a habit that you stick to.
The more you meditate the more you will gain control of your cravings.
Meditating will also help you to reduce stress and relax, which is important for all substance addictions, including vaping.
2: Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing the mind on the present moment in a non-judgmental way.
I particularly recommend that you be mindful of your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations.
When you try to quit, you will experience negative thoughts, feelings of anxiety, and bodily sensations. Be mindful of these. By being mindful, you will be less reactive, so you won’t feel compelled to vape even when you do experience withdrawal symptoms.
It’s imperative to relax when you try to give up vaping. The more relaxed you are, the less you will feel the need to vape. Meditation can help.
One of the best meditations for relaxation is mindful breathing (otherwise called “Anapanasati”). Spend some time sitting with your eyes closed and meditating on the movement of your breath through your body. This will make you feel relaxed and calm—precisely how you want to feel when you try to quit.
4: Use “Meditative Minutes”
Have you ever noticed how your vape-cravings intensify when you’re stressed?
Inevitably there will be moments of stress in the day. Learning to handle those stressful moments will help you to quit vaping.
I recommend using “meditative minutes”. These are one-minute meditations throughout the day when you take sixty seconds just to breathe and unwind. This will help to keep your stress levels low, so you feel less need to vape.
5: Show your body some love
Here’s a great alternative way to quit vaping: fall in love with your own body.
The more you respect and appreciate your body, the more you’ll want to live healthily.
Self-love promotes motivation. Take ten minutes to meditate on your body and to observe your physical form. Notice how miraculous your body is. Appreciate it. The more you appreciate your body, the more you will want to protect it.
It is hard quitting vaping, but it is one-hundred-per cent possible, and meditation can help. Use the tips in this guide to stop vaping and start living healthily.
Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison