30 May 2024  |  Elke Bruno

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In our last blog post, we heard from young adults that vaping often goes hand in hand with feeling really stressed or anxious. 

So for this article, we thought we’d look into some different ways you can manage stress and healthy habits you can build into your life. Everyone’s different, so no one solution works for everyone. But read on to find some approaches that might work for you. 

Embrace Physical Activities

Redirect your energy towards physical activities that serve as effective stress relievers. Engaging in regular exercise, whether it’s jogging, swimming, boxing, cycling, or joining a fitness class, can boost your mood and provide a natural rush of endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals. Esteem has a boxing course for young adults. Click on the link to find out more.

Dive into Creative Hobbies

Discover a creative outlet that captures your interest. Painting, drawing, writing, playing a musical instrument, or even learning to cook new recipes can provide a fulfilling way to channel your energy and creativity. Hobbies like these not only distract you from cravings but also offer a sense of accomplishment and personal growth. The Creative Collective at Esteem is a space with the resources and peer support for young creatives to develop and publish their amazing creative projects. Sign up here and find out more.

Building new healthy habits and letting go of less healthy ones takes commitment. Be kind to yourself and focus on the positive changes you’re making.

Connect Socially Without Vaping

Socialising with friends doesn’t have to involve vaping. Organise outings that revolve around experiences rather than substances. Go for hikes, visit museums, attend live performances, or simply enjoy a cosy night in with board games and engaging conversations. If you’re aged 14-26, you can join one of our regular group activities, where you’ll find different sessions with fun people you can connect with.

A group of volunteers smile at the camera in Esteem. They are surounded by clothes swap rails.
Esteem volunteers running a clothes swap from our building

Engage in Volunteering

Getting involved with your community or volunteering can provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Whether you’re assisting at a local shelter, or participating in environmental clean-up events giving back can be a powerful way to shift your focus and make a positive impact. Young Adults aged 14-26 can volunteer through our Esteem Team, while older volunteers (aged 28+) can also support us by becoming mentors. Wherever you are in life, you can make a real difference at Esteem by volunteering.

Pursue Personal Development

Use this time to invest in yourself. Join online courses, workshops, or seminars that align with your interests and career aspirations. Expanding your knowledge and skills can be both rewarding and distracting, helping you grow while leaving less room for vaping. It can always be helpful to have someone with useful experience and skills to support you. We have free mentoring opportunities at Esteem to help young adults reach their work and life goals.

Seek Professional Support

Breaking any habit can be challenging, and vaping is no exception. If you find it difficult to quit on your own, consider seeking support from healthcare professionals or counselling services. They can provide tailored strategies and guidance to help you overcome the habit. At Esteem we offer wellbeing sessions. These are support sessions that can be in person at Esteem, a local walk and talk, online or over the phone. We will listen to you non-judgmentally and without bias or opinion.

Surround Yourself with Supportive People

If you want to make a change from a less helpful habit to a more positive one, share your goal with friends and family who can provide encouragement and accountability. Having a support system that understands your journey can make a significant difference in your success. 

Building new healthy habits and letting go of less healthy ones takes commitment, dedication, and the willingness to explore healthier alternatives. Always remember, it’s a journey unique to you. Be kind to yourself and focus on the positive changes you make for your health and wellbeing.