Quitting smoking is quite a challenge. However, it would be one of the best things that you can do for your own good. Smoking is harmful to your health and it is a deadly habit. It is known as the leading cause of cancer. Cigarette smoking increases the risk of lung disease, strokes, heart attacks, and other health issues.
You might have tried everything from nicotine lozenges, chewing gum, patches, counselling, and therapy. You should give up. Ask your doctor if hypnosis (also referred to as hypnotherapy) is a viable option for you.
Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, wherein you will be put into a trance. Doctors may recommend this to aid in the treatment of certain psychological or physical problems. It is the method of choice for pain management. Other uses include treatment for speech disorders or help in weight issues.
Why it’s hard to quit?
Aside from health reasons, people should quit smoking to save money, to protect their kids, and to be more active. There are many benefits to quitting smoking, how come it’s hard for smokers to quit?
The answer is quite simple. Addiction to nicotine is deeply rooted in your subconscious mind. There are activities that may subconsciously trigger the urge to smoke, like drinking alcohol, after meal time, or driving. Stress also triggers cigarette craving.
This is where hypnotherapy comes in. It will help silence that inner voice in your head. Or it can reframe your subconscious thoughts.
Nicotine addiction is a hard habit to break because it involves physical and mental addiction. One of the most difficult challenges smokers have to face when kicking the habit is the manifestation of withdrawal symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Aches and pains
- Mental sluggishness
How does it work?
One of the reasons why hypnotherapy works for nicotine addiction: the process can reframe your subconscious thoughts. The moment you feel the urge to smoke, the mind starts to create a response. You will feel stress, and stress triggers the craving to relieve stress. Then you react.
The subconscious thoughts are powerful as they form your own perceptions of things. When your subconscious tells your body that it will work, you send the information back down.
Hypnotherapy will do the same – provide your mind with new and more accurate information about smoking.
During the process, the hypnotherapist will ask you create unpleasant images of the results of smoking. The hypnotherapist will feed your mind with suggestions, including the smoke from the cigarette smells like truck exhaust, or that smoking causes bad breath and stained teeth.
The process of hypnosis for smoking cessation focuses on these three main ideas:
- You need your body to live.
- You should respect and protect your body.
- Smoking poisons your body.
Notice that the focus is not on quitting smoking, rather your attention is directed towards your own body and how you can keep it healthy.
Smokers are also given affirmations to use when the urge to pick up a cigarette happens.
Bottom line, the moment you’re ready to kick the habit, hypnosis can help.
Like to learn more about how hypnosis can benefit you? Get in touch with Hypnosis Houston today:
Contact Us At:
2909 Hillcroft Ave #515
Houston TX 77057
Phone: (713) 789-0713