Are you dealing with an undesirable habit that you just can’t seem to break? Maybe you pick at your skin, pull out your hair, procrastinate, or can’t seem to stop smoking or gambling. Or, perhaps you struggle to follow a better diet or can’t get a good night’s sleep. For these and other issues, hypnotherapy offers some promising potential.
The concept is that hypnotherapy speaks directly to the subconscious. When you bypass the conscious mind and plant ideas directly into the subconscious mind, you get better results. Your conscious mind isn’t standing in the way of finding reasons to reject the suggestions and resist making changes. The subconscious mind has no resistance and can be programmed with any suggestion.
Although nobody knows exactly how it works, the generally accepted explanation makes sense. It also gets results. If you’ve thought about trying hypnotherapy for any reason, here are the potential benefits of pursuing this practice.
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1. You can stop smoking
Hypnotherapy has been proven to help people overcome bad habits, especially smoking. In one study discussed by Movement Performance and Health, 50% of participants treated with hypnotherapy were still abstaining from smoking 26 weeks later, compared to just 15.78% who were given a nicotine replacement treatment.
If you’re a smoker trying to quit, perhaps you’ve tried patches and pills and even vaping with no success. It’s entirely possible that the habit of smoking is more than just a nicotine addiction – it could be an emotional crutch.
When the act of smoking is the crutch, no amount of nicotine patches will ever wean you off your compulsion to smoke cigarettes. In this case, hypnotherapy might be exactly what you need to break the habit.
Whatever bad habit you want to break, try reprogramming your mind with the right suggestions through hypnotherapy. Just be sure you only have sessions with an experienced, licensed hypnotherapist for your own well-being.
2. Hypnotherapy can help you adopt better eating habits
Food is an area that many people struggle with for a variety of reasons. For some, food is a source of comfort, and it seems impossible to stop eating the kinds of foods that create imbalance in the body. For others, it’s hard to get into healthy eating habits because of laziness or a general lack of concern.
Regardless of the specific issue, if your goal is to embody positive eating habits that keep you healthy, hypnotherapy can help. It might just be a matter of overcoming your beliefs about food, or you might need someone to implant some motivation into your subconscious mind.
3. You can reduce stress and anxiety
There’s something special about hypnosis regarding its ability to calm down the nervous system. You may not even realize your nervous system is agitated, but if you experience stress and anxiety, those are two big signs.
It’s possible that your anxiety and stress come from being in a prolonged state of fight or flight, which is the body’s natural mechanism when it feels threatened. The problem is that if your body is stuck in this mode, it’s going to perceive harmless situations as threats, and it will respond accordingly by flooding you with cortisol and adrenaline. It’s not healthy to remain in this state for long periods of time.
4. Hypnotherapy can help you sleep better
Getting good sleep can be tricky, and for many people, it’s downright impossible. If you suffer from common sleep issues, like insomnia, sleepwalking, or sleep deprivation, hypnosis can help.
For instance, if you can’t fall asleep easily, hypnosis can help you enter the deeper states of relaxation that precede sleep. If you sleepwalk, hypnotherapy can train you to awaken the second your feet touch the floor.
5. You can lose weight
Hypnosis doesn’t directly cause weight loss, but it can be used to increase your focus and motivation and program yourself to make better choices. For example, you can use hypnotherapy to make yourself feel excited about going to the gym or choosing healthy meals.
Are you considering trying hypnotherapy?
If you haven’t tried hypnotherapy yet, but it’s been on your mind, now you have several good reasons to give it a shot.
Although hypnotherapy is an excellent way to get relief from stress and change your habits, many people use it as a supplementary treatment in addition to other methods, like traditional therapy. Using hypnotherapy in addition to traditional treatments will help you get the best results possible.
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