By Susanna Sweeney, MSC, MBACP, CHT
You are curious about hypnosis for smoking. But you don’t quite know what it’s all about or what to expect.
Don't fret. You are about to understand a whole lot more. On this page I will talk you through ten things you should know about stop smoking hypnosis programs.
Stop smoking hypnosis is a specific hypnosis treatment which can help you quit cigarettes or tobacco.
The first thing you need to understand before you book a hypnotist is that there is no such thing as a standard program to quit smoking by hypnosis.
Therefore, I advise you to personally contact practitioners to ask them all the relevant questions that enable you to decide which quit smoking hypnotist offers the best program of hypnosis for smoking for you.
By now you have probably booked your first session, so let’s look at what to expect.
your program contains more than one session of hypnosis for smoking,
each session will likely deal with different aspects of overcoming the
addiction to nicotine.
For example, in a four-session program:
This is just an example off the top of my head.
In reality, there are multiple ways to design such a program. Each hypnotist will have a slightly different take on the topic. Many quit smoking hypnotist offer only one session of hypnosis for smoking.
If you have booked a one session program, all aspects of quitting will have to be dealt with in that one session. In that case, the session should be of substantial length, ideally no less than two hours, in my opinion. Simply put, you need the time to go deep and to allow for all the relevant messaging.
the exact structure and nature of the program of hypnosis for smoking
that you have booked, your first session should start with an in-depth
consultation of at least 30 minutes, ideally more.
The purpose of this consultation should be to establish:
The consultation is a vital part of your program:
If a program was to not contain a consultation, I would say, steer well clear of it! You would be better off working with self-hypnosis for smoking.
the consultation is over, the quit smoking hypnotist will prepare you
for the actual hypnosis part of the program. Again, this can happen in
different ways. Some hypnotists may use a recording, others will talk to
you in person.
Of course, in order to get the best out of hypnosis for smoking, it makes sense to embrace all the positive and nurturing messaging coming your way. After all, this is an opportunity to make one of the best changes in your life yet, freeing you from smoking!
The practitioner may ask you to perform some simple tests such lifting your arms when instructed to do so, or bringing your hands together. The purpose of these tests is twofold- firstly it helps the quit smoking hypnotist see how ready you are for the session, and secondly these tests help you get ready to receive suggestions.
Don’t be put off by them, just accept them as a necessary part of the session.
Remember, you are doing this for yourself and you want to get the best out of it when you quit smoking by hypnosis.
If the quit smoking hypnotist has a recliner chair or sofa, at this stage, they will suggest you make yourself comfortable.
The actual hypnosis session usually starts with some form of progressive relaxation which instructs you to relax one body part after another. This is usually followed with instructions on how to relax your mind.
This part of the hypnosis for smoking is called the hypnosis induction. There are many different types of hypnosis, all using different hypnosis induction protocols. Follow the protocol your quit smoking hypnotist uses as best as you can, allowing your body and mind to relax.
If relaxing is difficult for you, you can practice this at home beforehand, using something like progressive relaxations available on You Tube. It does get easier every time you practice.
An important point to understand is that being hypnotized is not the same as being asleep, although it is often mistaken as such. So when you notice yourself being fully aware and alert, that is natural. For some parts of the session you may drift off into a very deep state, but that is not sleep.
Either way, you should be very relaxed. And being very relaxed means the door to your subconscious mind is wide open. And that, of course, is what you want, in order to get the best out of your session.
comes the main part of the session, where your quit smoking hypnotist
delivers the right suggestions for you to get ready to quit smoking.
These should be based on the preceding consultation that I talked about
Embrace these suggestions as much as you can. Your mind is in a very suggestible state right now and you want to use that opportunity to install the changes you want.
the suggestion stage has concluded, the hypnotist will ‘emerge’ you,
which simply means bringing you back to ordinary awareness.
This is usually done with a countdown process of some kind. You may be so relaxed that you don’t want to come back yet. Definitely take your time coming out of hypnosis. Coming out slowly ensures you don’t give yourself a shock which could result in being irritable or developing a headache later in the day.
each session of hypnosis for smoking, your quit smoking hypnotist
should spend a few minutes talking to you to establish how the session
went from your perspective.
For example, they may be interested in finding out what was easy and what was difficult for you, and how deep you were at different stages. This will already give them some pointers as to how to design the next session.
If this is the end of your program of hypnosis for smoking, the quit smoking hypnotist may ask you to get rid of all your smoking paraphernalia such as remaining packets of cigarettes, lighters, roll up machines, pipes, packets of tobacco and so on at this stage.
I can give you a summary of how people may feel after a session of hypnosis for smoking, but do realize your experience will be unique.
Some people describe feeling as if their brain has been "defragmented like a computer", others describe feeling like a "new version" of themselves. Emotions may range from feeling slightly dazed to feeling very positive and focused.
Some people, unfortunately, get stuck in doubt and judgement. This is bound to affect how much they will benefit from the suggestions delivered. But that won't be you because you are here to educate yourself about what to expect and how hypnosis for smoking works.
Overall, how one feels after all depends, among other things, on how
far you have come with the quitting process and how much work remains to
Some people get
stuck in questioning if the session did anything for them at all. My
advice on this is to really open your mind to any changes at all that
you observe, and to support and nurture those.
You may not be ready to quit tobacco yet, but you may notice that you have stopped enjoying cigarettes or that you may have started feeling repulsed by them. They may not seem as attractive as before. There may be less of an urge to light up.
Follow up on the changes you perceive,
lengthen the period between cigarettes, stub out cigarettes after a
couple of puffs- or take that dive and quit smoking right now- whatever
works for you.
Don’t drift back to same old same old. You do want to make the best use you can of hypnotherapy for change, right?
quit smoking hypnotist can make things easier for you by helping you
change your beliefs, your mindset and attitudes in relation to smoking.
But they cannot hold your hand when you return to your everyday life.
You will have to nurture the changes you desire to make so that you can get the best out of hypnotherapy for making this change in your life.
To support this process, the quit smoking hypnotist may instruct you to do some homework.
If they don’t, take it from me that your homework is always to maintain the changes in beliefs, attitudes and mindset installed during the latest session of hypnosis for smoking.
How to do this?
If you receive a recording of your session, or a recording of a maintenance session, play this to yourself every day, at least once a day to keep up your motivation and focus.
If you don't receive a recording, write down some of the suggestions you received in relation to quitting smoking during the latest session and read through them every morning and evening.
I hope my brief article on programs of hypnosis for smoking has helped you to understand a bit better what to look out for when you are shopping around for the best quit smoking hypnotist for you.
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In the meantime, here is to your health and well being.
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