Hypnosis to Quit Smoking?Greg Thompson
If you are looking for reasons to use hypnosis to break your nicotine addiction, here are a few:
Start with the cost factor. Sure, hypnosis and hypnotherapy represent a financial investment, but compared to the cost of smoking? Face it, if you are a pack-a-day smoker in Australia, where cigarettes are more expensive than any other country in the world, you are putting out around $700 a month to satisfy your habit.
Some smokers turn to nicotine replacement gums and patches, or to prescription drugs, to combat their smoking habit. Beyond the fact that these approaches don’t work very well, you also have to deal with side-effects. One often-prescribed drug, Champix, can cause nausea, headaches, vomiting, lack of energy and sleep disturbances. Another, Zyban, offers all those wonderful things, plus weight gain and weakened sex drive. Replacement gums and patches keep you loaded up with nicotine, which is of course a toxic substance that raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. Side effects of hypnosis? Feeling calm and relaxed.
Here’s another plus for hypnosis—it connects you with your unconscious, the creative part of your mind. This is where your inner wisdom lives. By connecting with that part of you through hypnosis, you are forming a powerful alliance that won’t let you do harmful things to yourself.
Then there are cravings. As a smoker you certainly know about those. In a hypnotic state, you simply cannot feel cravings. They don’t exist when you are in a trance, and one of the things you will learn working with a competent hypnotist—in Gold Coast, think Greg Thompson—is how to slip into a comfortable trance whenever you need to. All cravings go away if they are not immediately satisfied, and you will be able to simply go into a light trance and wait the craving out. Even better, every time you do that, the craving will be weaker next time, and will eventually disappear.
Last, hypnosis gets you beyond the physical addiction to examine other aspects of your smoking habit. Maybe you smoke when you are angry, or depressed, or stressed and needing a break, or even just bored. A hypnotist can help you examine the triggers that make your habit so stubborn, and develop hypnotic tools that will allow you to take charge. Even better, you will discover that those tools will also help you in many other parts of your life.