Quitting smoking can be one of the most challenging tasks you will ever have to undertake. However, being a leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, it will surely be the healthiest things you can do.
From causing cancer to increasing chances of heart attacks, smoking causes many health issues. Hypnosis is one method that can help you get rid of this dangerous habit.
Let’s know more about it and how expert hypnotists can do the trick:
A Bit about Hypnosis
According to WebMD, hypnosis is ‘an altered state of awareness’. In this state, your conscious guard is down and the subconscious part of the mind takes over.
By suggesting healthy habits in this trance-like state, it is believed that physical and psychological changes can occur. From speech issues to weight loss, hypnosis has been used to treat a wide variety of physical and psychological conditions.
Some Ways Expert Hypnotists Employ To Help You Quit Smoking
Here are some effective strategies that hypnotists might use to help you get rid of smoking:
Inducing a Trance-Like State
The initial goal of your therapist is to get your subconscious to take charge. For this, he/she will induce a trance-like state. This is done by giving you a relaxed environment and a comfortable posture.
Identifying Unconscious Errors and Rectifying Them
The hypnotist wants to find unconscious reasons that do not let you quit smoking. It might help you relax or might help you concentrate better; there can be a wide variety of reasons to continue smoking.
The hypnotist understands these reasons and reframes them. For instance, he/she might provide you ways to do all those things without smoking. This way, when you come out of the trance, you have better resources to quit smoking.
Here are three suggestive techniques that a hypnotist might use to bring about change:
Taking You Back In Time
The hypnotist can take you back to the time when you did not smoke. He/she can help you imagine your first puff and suggest that it was the time you made a mistake; that your body deserved better.
Taking You on a Symbolic Journey
Your hypnotist might also take you on an imaginative and relaxing journey. This can be a beach or a garden – some place where you really feel relaxed.
After taking you to this place, your therapist can help you detach from cigarettes.
Helping You Imagine Crossroads
This is a suggestive technique in which a therapist asks a client to imagine standing at a crossroad. One of the path leads to smoking and diseases, while the other leads to health and happiness without smoking.
Rekha Shrivastava, a hypnotist and rehabilitation counselor, understands hypnosis and how it can help people quit smoking. Over the years, she has helped many clients with smoking cessation in Pittsford and Rochester, New York. She also offers online Skype sessions for clients living outside of New York. Book a free consultation.