Hypnosis can be a wonderful aid for smoking cessation. Are you are a regular smoker who has tried more than once to quit? You’ve tried the gum, the patch, and even going cold turkey. You’ve tried it all and yet the habit still remains. So why can’t you seem to kick your smoking habit? There are two main reasons you haven’t been able to kick that habit. Humans are creatures of habit and we love to stick to routines that have become familiar. Whether you smoke on breaks, in your car, or to relieve stress you have certain habitual reasons for why and when you light up your cigarette. While a habit is hard enough to break there is also an addictive substance known as nicotine that adds to the problem. Nicotine is a chemical substance that gives you a temporary high that can relieve stress and help your body to relax. If you stop taking nicotine you are likely to have severe cravings and even anxiety. So in order to really stop smoking you have to change your habits and the way your mind thinks. One natural method that can help change this habit is hypnosis.
So what is hypnosis exactly and how does it work? There is a lot of confusion and misunderstandings associated with the concept of hypnosis. Old movies and stereotypes can lead you to believe that hypnosis can be used as a form of mind control. This misconception would have you believe that hypnosis can be used against your will. In reality you have full control of hypnosis and it can’t work well unless you believe it can help you and submit to the process. Essentially hypnosis is a state of focused attention used to get in touch with your subconscious mind in order to help make positive changes. Our subconscious mind stores daily habits, routines, and even attitudes about certain people, places, and activities. The subconscious is essentially a lot like instinct. We don’t have to think about how hot a stove is to know we shouldn’t touch it, generally you don’t give much thought about what routine routes you take to work and other regular routines either. While in a state of hypnosis suggestions can be made to your subconscious that will somewhat help reprogram conceptions you have already established. By having a hypnosis practitioner send positive messages about quitting and fighting nicotine urges it has been proven that you are much more likely to quit smoking then by any other popular method. In fact multiple research studies suggest that only 2% of those who try to go cold turkey will be successful and roughly 25% of those who try the patch or gum are able to succeed. In comparison those who have had at least 3-5 total hypnosis sessions are said to have a 66% chance of actually kicking the habit.
Regardless of which method you decide to choose quitting is not easy. The most important step to quitting is to really want to change the habit for good. If you come in with a positive attitude and the desire to make this important life change then hypnosis could very well be a highly effective means of kicking the habit for good.