Stop Smoking Article from the Cowichan Valley Voice

When people find out that I am a Hypnotherapist they typically have 3 questions for me

1) What does hypnosis feel like?

2) Do you think I can be hypnotized?

3) Can hypnosis help me to Stop Smoking?

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that feels very relaxing.  Since all hypnosis is self hypnosis, the client is always in control and cannot be made to do anything against their will. 

Everyone who has an IQ over 70 and has no brain damage can be hypnotized.  Actually, everyone goes into hypnosis several times a day, such as when waking up, but not quite awake, when falling asleep but not quite asleep, when lost in a good book or movie. These are all times when our brainwave slows to the Theta state. When people are in the Theta brainwave state, they are highly suggestable. This is why TV commercials are so effective, we are often in a trance while watching them.

When people develop habits, such as smoking cigarettes, they have programed their minds and body to connect the habit of smoking with a particular time of day or activity.  Putting their hands to their mouth 100, 200 or 300 times a day, sometimes for decades, they have linked having a cigarette with; waking up in the morning, with their coffee, before or after a meal, driving in the car, talking on the phone, when they drink, etc. 

How is that some people simply decide to stop smoking and never have a craving or any withdrawal symptoms, while others try to quit time and time again suffering with cravings and withdrawal symptoms?  The answer is hypnosis and the power of suggestion. The easy way to quit is repeat a suggestion while in the trance like state. This will allow the suggestion to go into the subconscious (automatic) part of the mind and replaces the previous programming.  Try this: I am a happy, healthy, wealthy non-smoker as you first wake up or are just falling asleep.  Or you can do it the hard way and repeatably tell yourself at every opportunity that quitting smoking is hard and that without your smokes you are going to be nasty, rotten and irritable.  So, if you want to easily change a habit, use hypnosis to get what you want.