There are many ways in which people attempt, and often fail, in breaking the smoking habit. The challenge is not only in overcoming the addiction to nicotine but in resetting the mind in a minefield of triggers.
Some of these triggers include habits like the morning coffee cigarette, the glass of wine cigarette, the “I’m stressed” cigarette, the after-dinner cigarette and more. To make matters worse, while smoking, certain hormones like dopamine, endorphins & serotonin are released, making the smoker temporarily feel better and creating the subconscious belief that ‘smoking is good’.
How does addiction work?
Our minds are complex and operate on two functions simultaneously – the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious function is the rational part of the brain dealing with abstract thought, problem-solving, logistics etc. The subconscious is in charge of the whole body – breathing, cell regeneration, memory, routine tasks and much more. However, the subconscious mind is not rational.
Because of this, there is often a tug of war between what you intend to do, and what you end up doing. Your subconscious mind doesn’t understand the negative, like “don’t” or “not”, so when you focus on an issue, that is exactly what your subconscious is going to give you in action. It doesn’t hear “I am NOT going to smoke” it only hears “smoke”. This is the reason why so many fall back into old behavioural patterns.
How will hypnotherapy help to quit smoking:
To change old habits or behaviours, we need to change the subconscious programming associated with the action. Hypnotherapy uses the tool of hypnosis to bypass the conscious mind and to achieve the desired result.
What happens during a session?
In the hypnotic state, you are completely aware of your surroundings, you are relaxed and in a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility. You can listen and respond to questions from me, your hypnotherapist. The significant difference is that your subconscious mind is now engaged. I will now give you positive suggestions and guided imagery to help you replace the beliefs, patterns, habits and learning stored in your subconscious mind, that is trapping you in old negative behaviours with new, healthier ones.
Hypnotherapy to quit smoking is a proven strategy and can also assist in overcoming addictions. It works rapidly with minimal cravings or withdrawal symptoms and no side effects.
Contact me for more information on hypnotherapy and how it can help you overcome bad habits like smoking and over-eating.
– Crystal Energy Healer, Psychologist Life Coach and Hypnotherapist in Cape Town, Western Cape. Contact me for Chakra balancing, Solution Focused Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnosis.
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