Some of us have tried every method under the sun to give up our smoking addiction, from using nicotine patches and nicotine gum, right through to flat out just trying to quit cold turkey.
Unfortunately, for a lot of us, these treatment methods we underwent just didn’t work, and no matter how hard we tried to give up this addiction, we just couldn’t. This article will thankfully explain to you some ways you can go about using hypnosis to quit smoking.
The thing is, is that smoking addiction can be overcome for anyone, it’s just that most people don’t know how to go about doing it. What may have worked for one person won’t necessarily work for another. So then just what is hypnosis, and how can it be used to help you quit smoking?
Hypnosis is a state that we enter into each and every day, whether you’re aware of it or not, when you’re driving down the road or watching T.V., you’re often in a state of hypnosis. You’re in a state where you’re relaxed and everything seems to be quite typical of you as if everything is expected. This is because when you’re familiar with your surroundings, you don’t really pay much attention to external things. It’s actually quite good that we enter into hypnosis at times since it allows our brain to rest and not have to always think so much. When we already know how to do something, there’s not much point consciously thinking about it, and this is where our subconscious takes over the thinking process for us.
Now we can voluntarily trigger this state of hypnosis each and every day through a process known as self-hypnosis. When we’re in a self-hypnotic state, we can conduct our actions as if they’re on autopilot, as if they don’t require any thinking on our part. You can go about your day without constantly worrying about things, or stressing out about what you’ve done in the past or what you’ll do the next day at work. Common thoughts that run through our heads can be ceased when we place ourselves under hypnosis, where we only allow external thoughts and suggestions that we want to take note of to enter our mind, whilst we ignore the rest.
If you place yourself into hypnosis then you’ll find that any suggestions you give yourself you will act upon. For instance, if you’re walking down a familiar route, or cooking a familiar meal, such things may seem natural to you as if you do them automatically. When we voluntarily put ourselves into this hypnotic trance and change our autopilot behaviour, that’s when we start to do things in real life automatically that we normally wouldn’t. So how does all of this relate to using hypnosis to quit smoking you may ask?
It relates because by following the same principles of entering into a trance and altering our subconscious autopilot behaviour, we can quit smoking using hypnosis through suggestion alone. How might this be possible you ask? Quite simply our brain is extraordinarily powerful and affects the way that we behave in just about every single aspect. Whether we feel happy or depressed, frightened or confident, anxious or calm, is all determined by the way our mind thinks. Therefore it should come as no surprise that deciding whether or not we want to pick up that next cigarette is also determined by these same thought processes. Now what hypnosis does is it allows us to change the way our mind views certain situations and objects. We may see a smoking cigarette and associate it with something bad,
something we want to avoid, and sure enough, if the suggestion was planted correctly whilst we were in a trance, we’ll avoid it!
So by applying self-hypnosis to ourselves, we can effectively quit smoking, and get rid of that ghastly smell and awful residue of tar and nicotine that is left within our teeth, hair and fingernails. Of course, such things might not necessarily happen immediately and could take some time. So how should you go about actually achieving any of this you might ask?
Well, you can practice hypnosis from the comfort of your own home, or you can hire the services of an appropriately trained hypnotherapist. Prices for hypnotherapists vary from state to state and country to country, but normally you’d be looking somewhere within the 100 – 200 dollar mark. The good thing about hypnosis is that you can often achieve a lot more in just one hypnotherapy session that you could otherwise in more conventional therapy programs. Now, this isn’t always the case, indeed some people might not be too receptive to the idea of hypnosis at all, but if you’re absolutely ironclad in your will to quit smoking, and nothing has worked thus far, then why not be open minded and give hypnosis ago?
The alternative to visiting a hypnotherapist is, of course, to actually hypnotise yourself. Now whilst this may seem difficult initially, it isn’t really, and I recommend you check out my How To Learn Self Hypnosis series if you’re interested in getting a better understanding of self-hypnosis in general. This is a field that is quite easy to learn if you put your mind to it and are serious about it.
I guess the general message I’m trying to get across here is the need to be a little open minded in your treatment methods for quitting smoking. Hypnosis can be a viable method of treatment, and if you’re willing to experiment with it a little you may be quite surprised with the results you can achieve. Know that with time and patience hypnosis can help you achieve many things.
So if you want to learn hypnosis to quit smoking, then the best advice I can give you is to follow up on the online courses that are offered free on this website, and use them to teach yourself all the aspects there are to know about hypnosis and then apply those aspects to quit smoking.