The cycle of nicotine addiction has to do with dopamine release in reward circuits in the brain, but this attention to reward related stimuli can be met in other ways. The key is replacing the craved feelings through different things that boost your health, rather than deplete it. Most smokers wake up and immediately are hit with a craving after not having nicotine all night. The satisfaction when the craving is met leads to the vicious cycle throughout the day. This can be substituted with caffeine in the morning.
According to Nicotine & Tobacco Research, sleep disturbance is a common symptom of quitting smokers. Thankfully this can be helped by substituting nicotine before bed with melatonin, facilitating a healthy deep sleep, to wake up refreshed rather than craving.
Waking up with a moderate influx of energy, and then enjoying a restful bedtime routine can facilitate positive lifestyle habits rather than harmful addiction.
Committing to Change
One of the first steps in quitting is being able to recognize what triggers you to smoke or vape and either be ready to make the substitution/replacement or mentally prepare to resist temptation. It’s very helpful to preemptively avoid situations or groups in which you know will be tempted to vape. You can ask your friends to help hold you accountable and/or to not partake in smoking or vaping right in front of you. Any good friends will understand and want to help you work towards your goal.
Another factor is mindset. Be positive and self assured during the process, believe and tell yourself that you can and will quit, celebrate milestones and reward yourself for them in new ways. Think about all the money you’ll save, how much you’re benefiting your health by getting off nicotine, and how much better you’ll feel overall.