How often do we hear stories from people who are attempting to stop a habit and then suddenly witness them lighting up a cigarette, biting their nails or pulling their hair completely unaware of their actions, as though they are on an automatic pilot? The reality is that they have been responding to some kind of a trigger in their environment so it has become a habit.
Why is it hard to change a habit??
Hypnotherapy for habit change can help you stop smoking, bed-wetting, hair pulling, thumb sucking, nail biting and many more.. The reason it is often difficult to stop undesired habits is because these behaviour patterns are stored in the subconscious. It can happen that no matter how much will power we use to change it, the more we try – the harder the resistance. Just imagine telling your teenager that from tomorrow there will be new house rules and he or she is supposed to follow them!
How does the brain control our habits?
Our subconscious mind stores everything we have learnt and experienced; we automatically stop at the traffic lights, answer the phone or put our clothes on. Sometimes, certain habits may be perceived as a way of coping better with certain situations. So, over time, we may begin to believe that cigarettes are actually helping us to relax and are good for us. We may come to believe that “..a little bit of smoke does less harm than all that tension rising up when we need something to relax…” This may all seem very convincing to our subconscious which is often compared to a child – emotional and irrational. In this situation, what we need to do is to become aware of the triggers that keep the habit active and find a more appropriate way to relax.
How can hypnotherapy for habit change help?*
Anxiety can also be a very prominent factor in stopping us from being free from unwanted habits, as when we are anxious we may easily lose intellectual control so our automatic, undesired responses prevail. Some unwanted habits are born out of a belief that some kind of self-medication will help us to cope better ( like having chocolate or a drink whenever we are stressed). Reasons can be various, including boredom or worry. Hypnotherapy for habit change reduces the level of anxiety and teaches us how to implement new positive patterns that will support us in staying in control.
Are you ready to change your unwanted habit?
So if you have been trying to free yourself from your unwanted habit, you will be pleased to know that hypnotherapy can help you achieve your goal. It is important to be cognisant of the fact that full client commitment is important. This enables one to be fully aware that the habit is not beneficial and become ready to let it go.
To book an initial consultation and find out how hypnotherapy can help you to be free from undesired habits , contact me via email or by calling 07827 061 637.
* Results may vary from person to person.