Who has visions of “look into my eyes?” or the creepy guy on Little Britain who is the Hypnotherapist?
I think many people do! Like acupuncture , hypnosis can be an effective aid to stop smoking for some people. As hypnosis deals more with the mental side of the addiction ( which would ease the physical) it maybe more successful than acupuncture for some individuals. Like all addictions, smoking is very mentally focused and often it is not our physical addiction (as most nicotine has gone from the body in 72 hours) that trips us up but our mental attitude to stopping.
Please remember, like all professionals you may visit, check out who you intend on seeing: Look at at their credentials, are they registered? Has someone you know visited them or recommended them? Just as you would for a doctor or dentist, do your homework. Here in NZ , hypnotherapists have to be registered so that is a good place to start looking for someone if you have no recommendations from people you trust. I am sure your country has a similar registration of health professionals.I have listed a few registration bodies below in various countries.
What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is concentrated relaxation. In other words, hypnotism allows a person to relax, while focusing on a particular problem or desired result. It’s not just relaxing or falling asleep. During hypnotherapy, you relax your mind and body, moving past the guard of your conscious mind, to the subconscious mind. Your conscious mind constantly edits and grades and judges your thoughts and inputs. Your subconscious mind is a sponge waiting to absorb whatever you give it. Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and imagination. Therefore, if you can get past the locked gates of your conscious mind to your subconscious mind, you can feed the subconscious “imagined reality.” So if you can imagine yourself as a non-smoker, your subconscious mind will accept that as reality.
By reprogramming your subconscious mind you can change your actual behavior. Hypnosis is the key to removing the barrier your conscious mind places in front of you, and reaching the subconscious.
Can I Be Hypnotized?
The short answer is Yes! Hypnotism isn’t some magical, mystical trance that someone places on you by swinging a watch back and forth. Instead, it is a natural state of your most amazing brain. When you access your subconscious, you are basically using self-hypnosis. Probably the most obvious example of this is when you are driving a car and begin to relax your mind and think about something other than the road in front of you. Five, maybe ten minutes later, you arrive at your destination and suddenly realize you are there, but you don’t consciously remember driving yourself there! You entered your subconscious mind. This is very similar to self-hypnosis. (this links to an article and video that discuss the hurdles to quitting smoking and provides some simple self-hypnosis exercises you can do right now).
Should I Go to a Hypnotherapist to Quit Smoking?
Today, there are so many options for smokers who want to quit. The nicotine patch and nicotine gum are widely available, as are so many other helpful quit smoking aids. Hypnotism to stop smoking is an excellent way to end your smoking habit because the success rates are possibly double that of the patch and gum. You can also use hypnosis together with other stop smoking programs like the patch to achieve even better results.
There are a couple of ways that you can use hypnosis to stop smoking:
- Hypnotherapy by a certified hypnotherapist
Self-hypnosis involves using techniques to relax yourself, and guide yourself through the images that can make quitting smoking work. This technique can take practice and time to master.
A hypnotherapist is typically certified (or should be) and has specific training and expertise to help you relax and guide you using specific images and words that work to help a person quit smoking. Some hypnotherapists will offer a one-session program, while some may suggest multiple sessions to make sure you succeed.
A third alternative is really a combination of these first two methods: a recorded program produced by a professional, that you listen to in the comfort of your own home or office. This option is far less costly than visiting a hypnotist in person, and it gives you flexibility and repeatability in your program. Click here to read a review of a stop smoking with hypnosis program. There are audio hypnosis programs and video hypnosis program to help you quit smoking.
Bottom Line: Can Hypnosis Help Me Quit Smoking?
Multiple studies have shown that using hypnosis to quit smoking works in a high percentage of cases-as high as 66%. While hypnosis may not be for everybody, it can aid in reducing stress, which is one of the reasons many smokers report that they smoke in the first place.
Hypnosis for smoking provides two main benefits:
- Reduced stress and/or learning techniques for controlling stress
- Effecting change in attitudes, beliefs and associations towards smoking, thus enabling elimination of the smoking habit”.
Below is a link to many many many FAQ about hypnosis!! It is great…….Everything you could possibly think to ask!!
Stay Strong and SMOKE FREE!!
Have a good day 🙂