Have a Strategy to Overcome the Cravings and Withdrawal Symptoms
Now's the time to make a list of things you can do to distract yourself when you feel like you're starting to struggle. "If you're unprepared, you might not know what to do to reduce the cravings or withdrawal symptoms other than to vape," Brian Wind, PhD, chief clinical officer of JourneyPure, told POPSUGAR. And, as Dr. Amato noted, "sneaking a puff here or there simply doesn't work." The rush of nicotine will only fuel your addiction.
Because vaping sends feel-good signals to the brain, Dr. Scott suggested finding other activities that make you feel good that you can do instead. You might try learning a new hobby, practicing deep breathing or mindfulness, listening to music, or journaling — all of which can help you deal with any obtrusive or obsessive thoughts about vaping. Distractions like chewing gum can also be beneficial.