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.
While it is relaxing, a hypnotic state is not therapeutic due to this relaxation on its own. Hypnotic therapy 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.
Working with a Certified Smoking Cessation Hypnotherapist is a great way to boost your own ability to quit smoking and stay quit. You can relax knowing he has the unique skill set required to safely offer an alternative which has been shown throughout the ages to provide solid results.