By Susanna Sweeney, MSC, MBACP, CHT
You have probably heard about self hypnosis for smoking, but you don’t know much about it.
On this page, I want to answer the following questions for you.
Self hypnosis, also called self-help hypnosis essentially means using hypnotherapy techniques on yourself, on your own, without consulting a therapist.
These self hypnosis techniques involve techniques you can use in a waking state, and techniques that guide you into hypnosis and work on your mind in this state of deep relaxation. When working with this relaxed state, you will act as both the hypnotist and the client.
The difficulty in quitting smoking lies in overcoming a complex psychological addiction to smoking.
This started when you originally conditioned yourself to like smoking.
Let me explain how. Remember your first cigarette? I bet you didn’t enjoy that in any way. If you are like me, you felt nauseous after the first few puffs, could barely suppress wanting to cough, and couldn’t wait to put it out.
But maybe there was social pressure that kept you smoking. For me, at 14, I wanted to be accepted by the ‘cool’ group of peers in my school. So, I continued to smoke whenever I was around them, although I hated the taste and effect of cigarettes. I learned to suppress my body's natural response to smoking.
Most smoking stories start in a similar way. I bet yours did, too.
The truth is that of course it doesn’t. While you are a smoker you will never ever feel as calm as any non-smoker would. But now, you have conditioned your body and mind otherwise. You may have been told by other smokers, too, that smoking helps keep the weight down, and you readily accepted that. In this way, you quickly started believing that there are certain benefits in smoking.
In this way, you conditioned yourself to be a smoker. And now that you want to quit smoking, the challenge you face is how to overcome that conditioning.
This process of putting together your own program does involve some work, but once you are set up the process is easy to follow.
Using a mixture of self hypnosis techniques, you can re-educate your mind to stop the attachment to smoking. For example you will tell your mind that there are no benefits to smoking, and that smoking is undesirable for you.
Yes, just like stop smoking hypnosis with a hypnotist works (check out the scientific evidence), self hypnosis for smoking works, too, with a couple of caveats.
If you want to get more clarity on what quit smoking hypnotism can and cannot do for you, check out this article.
Yes you can practice self hypnosis for smoking on your own.
where and when to practice and how to fit the practice into your life. This high level of flexibility is the real beauty of self hypnosis.
On the other hand, some people prefer to have company or support. If that is your preference, you may want to use self hypnosis for smoking alongside a friend who is also interested in quitting smoking. You can each practice on your own, but you can be a support for each other along the way. You can develop your program together, share how you are getting on, motivate each other, and celebrate together when you reach your goal of making this big change in your lives.
Or, you may chose the supported environment of a self hypnosis course where you work alongside other, like-minded people.
You can invest as much or as little time in self hypnosis to quit smoking as you have available. When you follow the techniques in my free self hypnosis guide (grab it below by subscribing to my newsletter) you will learn to master self hypnosis to make it fit into even the busiest lifestyle.
When you use self hypnosis for smoking, there are some techniques that you can practice even as you are commuting to work, during a break or while you are performing monotonous tasks. There are others that will require being undisturbed in a quiet space, but you can make that part fit in with bedtime.
Twenty minutes a day of undisturbed time, plus small chunks of time here and there while multitasking will go a long way to help you take advantage of hypnotherapy for change.
I hope you have found your questions about self hypnosis to stop smoking answered on this page.
In the comments underneath let our community know if you will give self hypnosis for smoking a go?
In the meantime, here is to your health and well being!
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