Can you get trapped in a trance?

More and more people are beginning to discover the ability of hypnosis and hypnotherapy to deal with a wide array of problems. People are using hypnosis to stop smoking, to deal with pain, to lose excess weight, to relieve anxiety, and to improve mental and physical skills.

More and more frequently, individuals dealing with any of those issues are making appointments to see a skilled hypnotherapist—in Gold Coast, think Greg Thompson.

Ironically, the very power of hypnosis makes some people reluctant to try it.

There is any number of myths about hypnosis and hypnotherapy, one of which is the idea that you can go so deep into a hypnotic state that you never come back out. You stay stuck in that trance.

That simply does not happen.

First of all, most of the trance states used in hypnotic work are not all that deep. Most of the time, the person in a trance will still be aware of the sights and sounds in the room, and will still be aware of how the body feels.

Also, a trance feels different from the normal waking state, and the hypnotized person feels that difference. The mind and body are accustomed to feeling a certain way. When they feel different, they have a strong urge to return to that normal, everyday place that they are used to.

And, even in the deepest trance, there is always a part of the mind that stays on the surface, aware of what is going on, and ready to pop back into consciousness.

So no matter how deep you go into a hypnotic state, even if the hypnotist were to leave the building and never come back, you will always return to normal, waking consciousness. That is simply the way the mind works.

Boosting your quit-smoking power

Once you have taken the most important step in quitting smoking—making an appointment with a skilled, competent and experienced hypnotist like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast—you are well on your way to ditching the evil herb tobacco.

Hypnosis is absolutely the most powerful tool you can use to stop smoking quickly and permanently, but there are also other things you can do to make the process go more smoothly.

First of all, help Greg help you by taking time, even before you show up for that first hypnotic session, to identify your smoking triggers—the situations, feelings, and the like that are associated with lighting up. Some people, for instance, always have a cigarette after a meal. Some people always light up when they drink a beer. Identify your triggers, make a list, and take that list with you for your first appointment. Greg will be able to make good use of it.

Next, clean house. Get your place spic and span. Get rid of all your ashtrays. You may also have to get new curtains and drapes, especially if you have smoked in the place for a long time because they will stink. After the first week or so of not smoking, go through all your clothes, segregate the one that smells of stale tobacco—and you can be sure that at least some of them will—and toss them, or give them to charity.

Tell all your friends and family that you are quitting smoking, and ask them to check in on whether you are keeping to your resolution. That will provide you will extra motivation.

Get a nice, big wall calendar. Mark your first day without a cigarette, and keep on marking the calendar every day after that, to provide yourself with a visual record that you are succeeding.

Do you have a favourite snack treat? Feed that to yourself at the end of each week without smoking.

Eventually, you will remember that you used to smoke, and wonder what that was all about.

Hypnosis and exercise help each other

There is no doubt that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are among the most effective, if not the most effective, tools for losing unwanted weight, whether the goal is just to drop a few kilos, or there is a need to combat the dangers of morbid obesity.

But even with the assistance of a competent hypnotherapist like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast, the road to an optimal weight is a long one; in fact, losing weight too rapidly usually leads to rebound weight gain, and the renewed weight actually has a higher percentage of fat.

One of the best ways to help the weight come down at a reasonable rate is exercise—both aerobic and resistance.

Exercise burns calories, and burning more calories than you take in is how you lose weight.

Exercise, especially resistance training—weight work—boosts your body’s metabolic rate, so you burn more calories.

Exercise regulates appetite. You are less likely to binge if you work your body regularly.

Exercise, especially resistance training increases muscle mass. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn even when your body is resting.

Because regular exercise increases your energy level, you are less likely to experience fatigue, and everything you do feels easier.

Exercise increases your self-esteem and daily confidence levels, just because you go to bed every night and wake up every morning knowing that you are doing something that is good for you, that you are taking care of yourself.

Finally, exercise does not require a huge investment of time or effort. Even something like riding a bike or taking a brisk walk every day will make a difference. If you work in an office, taking the stairs will work off calories. If you take a bus to work, get off a few blocks early and walk the rest of the way.

Exercising does not have to be a big deal, but the resulting weight loss will be.