So, you’ve been looking for ways to quit smoking and are considering seeking hypnotherapy? Well, then here are some facts that you may find useful!
How does Hypnosis Work?
Smoking is both a physical as well as a psychological addiction. As we continue to smoke our bodies and minds start craving cigarettes, hypnosis can help in removing the root of those cravings. What’s important to understand is the hypnotherapy does not just address smoking at a superficial level but helps people understand and deal with deep rooted causes that push them to light up.
For instance, some people smoke cigarettes because they equate smoking with stress relief, while others especially young teenage girls smoke because cigarettes help in curbing their appetite. Smoking in such cases is the result of deep rooted psychological issues like anxiety and a negative body image. Here’s where hypnotherapy comes into play. It helps a person quit smoking by helping them release their need to smoke.
So, a teenage girl’s hypnosis sessions will focus on helping her acquire a positive body image, while those of a person suffering from anxiety will involve relaxation and nerve calming exercises.
Elements of Hypnosis
Trigger is a common word that you will hear most hypnotherapists use. Triggers are circumstantial, physical or mental stimulants that encourage us to smoke cigarettes. Hypnotherapy involves discovering and altering these triggers so that we can let go of the habit with relative ease.
Visualization is an important element of hypnosis as well. It is a very powerful exercise and is known to do wonders for ones self confidence and focus. In fact sportsmen have been using visualization exercises for years to prepare themselves before crucial games.
Positive affirmations also form a vital part of hypnotherapy. Affirmations are used in the form of suggestions by hypnotherapists when their clients are in a deep trance like state (under hypnosis). The advantage of doing this is that the therapist can communicate directly with their clients’ subconscious and re-program their mind.
Advantages of Hypnotherapy
A big advantage of hypnosis is that can help you make the difficult transition period that follows quitting far more bearable. Cravings, anxiety and stress are the most common side effects experienced post quitting smoking. Through hypnosis exercises, more specifically self hypnosis exercises, however, you can reduce the discomfort of these side effects.
For instance, you can learn a self-calming hypnosis exercise and practice it whenever you are feeling anxious or fidgety post quitting. The exercises will calm your nerves and will take your mind away from the cravings to smoke a cigarette.
Lack of will power and motivation are two of the most common hurdles that you may face in your journey to a smoke-free life. Hypnosis can make tackling these hurdles easier by helping you keep your motivation levels up through various visualization exercises and affirmations.
So, what should you do?
A common misconception about hypnosis is that it’s an expensive therapy. The truth, however, is that your investment is limited to the number of sessions you seek with a trained hypnotherapist. Most therapist in fact encourage their clients to gradually reduce their sessions and practice self-hypnosis so that they can become self reliant.
There are several hypnosis scripts and tapes available in the market as well. While these tapes may not be as effective as a real time session with a trained hypnotherapist, they can be used to supplement your hypnotherapy sessions.
It’s also important to remember that half hearted attempts or mindsets ‘let’s give it 15 days’ won’t do you any good. The therapy requires complete mental focus and dedication.
So, if you are comfortable with the idea of going under a trance like state and are willing to make the efforts needed to live a smoke free life, hypnotherapy is an option you can certainly explore.