How To Use Meditation To Quit Vaping

Meditation will help you to stop vaping for many different reasons. For starters, it heightens self-awareness so you are more aware when you go to vape and therefore more able to stop yourself. It also reduces nicotine withdrawal symptoms. And it gives you the motivation to live a healthier life.  

Yes, just like you can use meditation to quit smoking, you can use it for vaping too.  

Let me show you the best meditation to quit vaping. 

Guided Meditation for Vapers

  1. Sit comfortably. Roll your shoulders back and then allow them to relax. Gently rotate your head from side to side and then let it come to a rest. Close your eyes.
  2. Begin to focus on breathing. Bring your conscious awareness to your breath as it moves through the space just beneath the middle of your nose. Simply allow yourself to observe your breath moving through this space. If you find it helpful you might like to describe the movement of your breath, saying “Breathing in… Breathing out… Pausing.
  3. Allow any thoughts or feelings to just float on by as you continue to breathe and to relax. Now we shall gently expand our conscious awareness. You are aware of your breath as it enters in through your nose, travels to the back of your throat, and down into your abdomen. Notice, as your abdomen expands and contracts. And simply allow yourself to breathe, to let go, and to relax.
  4. Inside you there is an empty space of pure relaxation. Observe that space. Observe the feeling of calmness and relaxation. And allow yourself to simply float in that sense of peace, as you continue to breathe in and out, letting go and relaxing, floating in that sense of peacefulness.
  5. From time to time you might become distracted. You might notice that your mind is drawn elsewhere. Perhaps there is a sound that draws your attention. Perhaps there is a feeling in your body. Perhaps you experience a momentary craving for a vape. These momentary movements of the mind are completely normal and natural. Just continue to breathe and to relax, accepting that from time to time your mind will move, and then gently returning the mind to the breath, and to that sense of relaxation. When your mind is distracted by a stimuli simply describe that stimuli. If your mind is drawn to a sound, simply say, “This is just a sound and nothing more”. If your mind is drawn to a mental image, say “This is just a mental image and nothing more.” And if you experience a momentary craving say to yourself, “This is just a momentary craving and nothing more.” And then gently return your mind to your breath.  
  6. Continue for twenty minutes. This will help you to overcome cravings so that you can stop vaping.  

Tips on Quitting Vaping With Meditation

1: Start meditating for twenty minutes a day 

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.

You’ll want to start with simple breathing exercises. Just sit with your eyes closed and observe your breath moving around your body. This will help you to relax and also make you less reactive to your cravings, which in turn will help you to quit.

2: Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing the mind on the present moment in a non-judgmental way.

Throughout the day, try to be mindful of your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. Why? Well, when you try to quit you will get grumpy and you’ll experience all sorts of thoughts and feelings. If you are mindful, those thoughts and feelings wont bother you so much.  

3: Breathe

When you’re trying to quit vaping, it’s important to stay relaxed. The more relaxed you are, the less you will feel the need to vape and the less the withdrawal symptoms will bother you. And of course, meditation can help with this.

To stay relaxed, practice 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’re trying to quit vaping.

4: Pause

Have you ever noticed how you want to vape more when you are stressed? That’s why it’s good to take breaks every so often to stop yourself from getting stressed.  

Inevitably there will be moments of stress in your day. That’s just life, right? So there is no sense in trying to avoid stress. Instead, you need to know how to handle it effectively. And one of the best ways to do that is to just Pause.

Every hour take one to five minutes to do absolutely nothing but sit with your eyes closed breathing. This will help you to keep your stress levels low. 

5: Practice being grateful for your body

When you are grateful for your body, when you love your body, you will be more motivated not to destroy it by vaping.    

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. 

Benefits of Meditation for Vapers

Although there is little scientific research on the link between meditation and vaping, there is a lot of research on how meditation helps with other addictions like smoking and drinking.

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.

Okay. So what does that have to do with meditation?

Well, in 2005, neuroscientist Dr. Sara Lazar at Harvard found that meditation increases activity in the prefrontal cortex. In other words, you get a similar natural high from meditation that you do from vaping. So instead of vaping, just meditate.

Meditation produces alpha and theta brainwaves.

These brainwaves help you quit vaping and other addictions largely because they promote relaxation. according to The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Reduces the effects of cravings

The key to controlling cravings is not to try to suppress them (which is actually not helpful). 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 into them.

It provides a healthy dopamine fix.

One of the main reasons vaping is addictive is because it makes you brain release dopamine, a pleasure chemical that produces a high. [2].

When vaping, and soon after, you experience a dopamine hit. The longer you go without vaping, the lower your dopamine levels descend, which makes you experience withdrawal symptoms.

Meditation, however, provides a natural release of dopamine and promotes dopamine stability even when you are not meditating. This helps to replace the high from vaping, so you are less dependent on your vape.

Meditation reduces stress.

Most addictions are affected by stress [3]. The more stressed you feel, the more you are inclined to vape. When using meditation to quit vaping the key is to stop the stress. Of course, there are many ways to do this, but one of the most effective ways is through meditation.

By spending twenty minutes doing breathing meditations, you will relax the mind and reduce stress, and that will help you to stay away from vapes.

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By Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations.

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