It's said that breaking a bad habit takes much longer than making one. But what if there was a way to break your bad habit once and for all with only a few sessions with a specialist?
This is what happens when you enlist the help of a hypnotherapist to break a habit, such as smoking.
The Dangers Of Smoking
It's hard to find anyone who isn't aware of the dangers of smoking at this point.
If you or someone you love is currently trying or has ever tried to quit smoking, you know how tough it can be.
Non-smokers often fail to empathize with smokers when it comes to quitting, as they don't realize the physical and emotional effects that can occur while trying to break the habit.
Hypnotherapy isn't necessarily new to the game of changing habits, but it's definitely something that has picked up steam in recent years as more and more people become more health conscious and head towards hypnotherapists to help them stop smoking.
Unfortunately every day more and more people are finding themselves becoming victim to the negative side effects of smoking such as heart disease, emphysema, lung cancer and even wrinkled skin.
For many different ailments, even those unrelated to lungs, doctors often advise patients to stop smoking. Whether it's a doctor's advice or you're ready on your own to break the habit, only good can come of it.
If you aren't a believer in hypnotherapy quite yet, what do you have to lose in trying?
Just A Passing Trend?
Interestingly, hypnotherapy has been around in different forms since as early as the 1700s, but the curative type which would be used today for smoking cessation is from the mid-1900s.
Even with such a history there are still so many skeptics about the success of hypnotherapy.
Here's the thing: acupuncture, herbal remedies and even traditional talk therapy don't always work for every single case. This is also true for hypnotherapy.
Perhaps you've had a friend or family member who has tried to get over a fear or phobia or recall a hidden memory with the help of a hypnotherapist and had no luck.
That could just mean that this particular remedy was not right for them and doesn't necessarily mean that you won't have a successful session and get to the bottom of your smoking addiction.
Since hypnotherapy has had its ups and downs over the years with skeptics and success stories, the only way to know if it's right for you is to give it a try.
The key thing is that you shouldn't go into a session believing it won't help. You have to hold on to some hope that it will work for it to actually have a fighting chance.
The Right Frame Of Mind
You've got to believe in something for it to work and the same goes for hypnotherapy. If you don't feel in your heart of hearts that it's a real science and won't ever do the job, it's a fruitless endeavor to even try.
That's because hypnotherapy is all mental! If you don't believe in it, you will subconsciously block anyone—even a trained hypnotherapist—from entering into that part of your brain where the bad habit needs to be erased.
Without access to this part of your mind during a session, the hypnotherapist will be unable to break the smoking habit, leaving you saying “I told you so” unfairly.
Remember, the habit of smoking is technically an addiction. Your body is addicted as is your mind. At this point you may have tried the nicotine gum, patches or even quitting cold turkey.
The problem is that none of those remedies help with the mental and emotional aspects of quitting smoking.
This is why curing the addiction from the brain makes the most sense. If your brain does not feel the need for a cigarette, and you're eating healthy and taking care of your body otherwise, the mental part is taken care of as well as the physical part.
What To Expect In A Session
Once you feel that you're ready to take on hypnotherapy to stop smoking, it's time to make your initial appointment.
Read reviews or ask around for a recommendation for a qualified hypnotherapist in your area. You may have to attend a few sessions to get the full benefits, so do choose one somewhat close to where you live.
At the first appointment, the hypnotherapist will explain everything they are going to do and answer any questions you have.
It's recommended to write down any questions or worries you have leading up to your initial appointment so that you're fully prepared for this part. No question is too silly, and in fact, even the silliest questions are very important to get out on the table.
This way you won't have any mental holdups when the hypnotherapy begins, and you will feel fully at ease.
Who can relax when wondering if the other person in the room is going to make them run around the room like a chicken?
Once you feel satisfied and are ready to begin, the therapist will begin putting you in the trance-like state (also known as a highly focused attention state of mind) that is needed to work on the mental side of breaking the habit.
This is when you need not worry what else you're supposed to be doing. Leave everything up to the hypnotherapist. In fact, you won't even remember what happens next; the next thing you will remember is waking up and wondering when they are going to start!
While you're in the trance state the hypnotherapist will be safely changing your responses to everyday smoking triggers that you will have previously discussed.
Since you will be in a highly suggestive state, they will be able to successfully steer you away from choosing cigarettes in likely scenarios where you would have reached for one.
In addition they can actually change your feelings towards smoking to be negative, making you not only refuse a cigarette in future, but also make you feel complete hatred toward the habit altogether.
Falling Off The Wagon
Since it's near impossible to mention every time you would normally reach for a cigarette, it's near impossible to completely quit smoking after only one hypnotherapy session.
This doesn't necessarily mean that hypnotherapy is not a viable option to break this bad habit; it just means there is more work to be done, and the amount depends on how addicted you are.
At this stage some people pair hypnotherapy with a nicotine patch, depending on a doctor's advice for their particular case.
The key now is to be aware of when you feel the urge to smoke. Take notes and share these with your doctor and hypnotherapist to best take care of the habit once and for all.
Now it's up to you to take the first step towards this alternative cure for your smoking habit.
Whether it works or not remains to be seen, but if you go in with an open mind, anything can happen.