Quitting smoking is hard. Many people try to quit on their own and find that they struggle with nearly uncontrollable cravings. Others may turn back to smoking when they feel stressed or under pressure from their day-to-day life. Any deeply ingrained habits can be tough to break, but when it comes to smoking, you might be facing nicotine withdrawals and cravings, too. Hypnotherapy for smoking offers you the support you need to cut the cravings and embrace a smoke-free life.
Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that incorporates hypnosis. No, there will be no swinging pocket watch or droning voice. Instead, you will have the opportunity to discuss your needs and goals with our hypnotherapist and explore your options as you develop a treatment plan that will help you end your bad habit for good.
During hypnotherapy to give up smoking, you will feel deeply relaxed as you learn to turn your focus inward. Your subconscious mind will become more open, enabling you to embrace a healthier new mindset, and you will be empowered to kick the habit for good.
Recognized by the American Medical Association and the British Medical Association for more than half a century, hypnotherapy has a wide range of uses, including:
If you are trying to quit smoking, hypnosis can help you, too.
The process is natural, and you might have already experienced it when daydreaming or watching an engrossing movie. When guided through the process by an experienced hypnotherapist, hypnosis for smoking can be a powerfully healing experience. Your cravings will lessen, your willpower will strengthen, and your confidence will soar.
Much of the business of your day-to-day life goes on in the back of your mind or the subconscious. This is why you can think about your to-do list while preparing a meal or rehearse your work presentation while on your daily commute: You do not have to think through each step of an activity to complete it successfully. Your conscious mind can be engaged in one activity while your actions are on “autopilot.” This streamlines your day and conserves mental energy, leaving your conscious mind free for other tasks.
Although the brain’s streamlining feature can simplify your life, it can also make it harder to break habits. Habits such as smoking become connected with other behaviors in your mind and can become difficult to unravel and eliminate without completely overhauling your behavior. For example, if you start your days with coffee or tea and a cigarette, you might feel as though your mornings are incomplete without smoking. The habit has become ingrained, and each time you encounter the cue, or your morning coffee, you will feel the urge to smoke.
Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation works to help you untangle the cues from the “rewarding” sensation of smoking. It can help you develop ways to counteract your cravings and see smoking from a new angle. During your session for hypnotherapy to give up smoking, you can clear your mind of distracting thoughts and turn your focus inward. Instead of trying to quit cold turkey, you will learn to identify your triggers and habit cues by figuring out what is driving you to smoke. You can explore your emotional state, what is behind the urge to smoke, and find ways to short-circuit that need to light up. You can even turn your triggers off completely. Hypnotherapy for smoking puts the power entirely in your hands.
Research shows that hypnotherapy can offer relief from pain, depression, anxiety, and other serious health issues, and it can help you quit smoking too. In one study with 286 smokers enrolled, participants used either hypnosis for smoking or behavioral counseling combined with nicotine patches. They continued with the patches for two months and had three follow-up phone calls. At 12 months, 20 percent of the hypnosis group was smoke-free as demonstrated by biochemical analysis compared to just 14 percent of the behavioral group. Researchers concluded that hypnosis was significantly more effective in participants with a history of depression. When combined with patches, using hypnosis for smoking could be especially beneficial in long-term success.
Visit Renewed Edge today to learn more about how hypnotherapy for smoking cessation can help you kick the habit for good or to schedule a consultation with our certified hypnotherapist.