If you’ve been struggling to quit smoking, you’re well aware how divided your mind can be. One part of you constantly reminds you how great smoking feels, and another more responsible part reminds you how much better you feel when you don’t smoke, how much money you’ll save, how much healthier you’ll be, and how much better you’ll smell.
We all struggle with bad habits and behaviours which seem insurmountable. Smoking in particular is difficult due to its incredibly addictive nature. All any smoker looking to quit really wants is something that can give willpower and logic an edge over the destructive, obsessive power of addiction. Hypnotism offers such an edge.
Hypnotherapy bypasses your mind’s resistance to treatment by placing you in a relaxed state of heightened concentration and focus. While in this state, your mind becomes more susceptible to suggestion, allowing a practitioner to gently change underlying beliefs about habits and behaviours- particularly beneficial for habits such as smoking, where we often believe contradictory information, such as that smoking benefits us (by relaxation) and also harms our health. In fact, a study done in 2007 of smokers with heart disease found that hypnosis doubled the likelihood of quitting successfully/
While some are still skeptical, hypnosis and it’s benefits are nothing new to humanity. Popularized in the 1800s, hypnotic therapies have been used for everything from weight loss, rehabilitation, sleep disorders, phobias, anxiety, physical therapy, and even cancer treatment, with documented success. In 1958 the American Medical Association documented its effectiveness during clinical studies.
We all know the stereotypical theatrics from movies and Las Vegas stage shows, but in reality, modern hypnosis is nothing like that. It’s something much similar to a meditative state, an openness, that a Certified Hypnotherapist (CHt) guides you into to allow your mind to accept information and suggestions which aid your quitting process. Studies using an Electroencephalogram (EEG) have shown that during the hypnosis process your brain produces waves identical to those produced in the deepest stages of sleep, where the therapist can then access your subconscious mind, planting a seed for behavioural change and addiction recovery.
Working with a Certified Hypnotherapist is a great way to boost your own ability to quit smoking and stay quit. You can relax knowing he or she has the unique skill set required to safely offer an alternative which has been shown throughout the ages to provide solid results.
Melvin S. Marsh is a practicing hypnotherapist in Augusta, Georgia who certified in smoking cessation. He performs hypnotherapy appointments both in person and worldwide via Skype and Zoom. He can be reached at http://www.afterhourshypnotherapy.com or afterhourshypnotherapy @ gmail.com or go online to make an appointment.