Quitting smoking can be one of the most significant life challenges you face.
However, it could also be one of the best decisions you could ever make. It’s a known fact that smoking is a dangerous and deadly habit.
Not every method of quitting smoking works for everyone and getting over the physical addiction can be difficult if not impossible for some people.
If nicotine gum, patches, lozenges, or other smoking cessation techniques don’t work, it doesn’t mean you have to give up. It may just mean it’s time to try an alternative method, like hypnosis services to help you quit smoking.
Before you decide to quit smoking using hypnotherapy, let's dig into what exactly hypnosis is and what it can do for smokers.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a trance state described by extreme suggestibility, relaxation, and increased imagination. The patient is alert the whole time, so they’re not asleep.
Think of it more like daydreaming. You are entirely aware, but you tune out everything else around you. You focus firmly on the subject at hand and block out most any other thought.
The helpful suggestions people are given while they’re hypnotized are called “post-hypnotic suggestions” because they are anticipated to work after the person comes out of the trance and is no longer under hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a very simple process, but no technique is better than the other because everyone’s brain works differently. However, you get to that deep state of relaxation is up to you.
First, you need to induce hypnosis. Try a confusional technique with someone talking to you in confusing ways.
Or do something to make your eyes tired. For example, count to 100 and open your eyes to even numbers and close them on odd ones. This is a sure fire way to make your eyes feel tired and heavy. Deep breathing and listening to quiet music are also good ways to transition into a deep hypnosis state as well quickly.
Hypnosis For Smokers
During a hypnosis session to help quit smoking, a patient is often asked to think of unpleasant consequences from smoking. For example, the hypnotherapist might advise the patient that cigarette smoke smells like vinegar, or that smoking will leave the patient feeling itchy.
Hypnosis for smokers’ sessions usually follows these main points:
- Smoking poisons your body
- You need your body to live
- You should respect your body and treat it like a temple
The hypnotherapist can also teach the smoker self-hypnosis, so he or she can recall these affirmations anytime they wish to smoke.
How can I hypnotize myself to stop smoking?
Start by practicing your breathing and visualization exercises, which will help you fall into a “trance,” or state of extreme relaxation.
Then repeat the above affirmations and things like, “I do not like the way I feel when I smoke,” or “I do not like how it smells on my clothes,” or any other phrase that will hopefully take root and change your behavior.
Allow yourself to relax and verbally guide yourself back to a hyper-responsive, hyper-attentive state where your subconscious mind can be better persuaded to no longer enjoy smoking, or think it’s cool. Replace the harmful or unwanted thoughts with happy and healthy ones.
How much does it cost to be hypnotized to quit smoking?
Our prices vary, but the initial consultation is free.
This includes a chat with me, Lauren Hall, your hypnosis specialist, in person or over the phone. I'll ask questions about your goals and concerns about hypnosis, and host demonstrations so you can see if hypnosis is the right option for you and you can decide if hypnosis helps to quit smoking.
For more information on our hypnosis services, click here.
Hypnosis to Quit Smoking Success Rate
The American Cancer Society says controlled studies have not supported the effectiveness of hypnosis, but there is enough anecdotal evidence that it has been successful. However, for hypnosis to be successful as a way to stop smoking, the person has to believe in the therapist and be okay with being in a passive and impressionable mindset.
Many people are worried that hypnosis won’t work, but they forget to consider what might happen if it does. For most of us, smoking is about the habit and daily routine.
If you don’t have that anymore, it’s going to feel strange. Before you try hypnosis to quit smoking, make sure you are ready to kick the habit and leave it behind. If you are not truly prepared to accept that that part of your life is in the past, hypnosis will not be a viable option for you until you are.
Are You Trying to Quit Smoking? Let Me Help
Do you think it’s time to put down the smokes, no matter what? Are you willing to take the plunge, no matter how silly you think being hypnotized sounds?
Contact Modern Day Hypnosis today, or whenever you’re ready to embrace your new smoke-free life. Change is good and being healthy is worth it—even if you arrive there by trying something you never thought you’d do. Smoking is an excellent way to relieve stress at the moment, but it can quickly become a habit that can control and hinder your life.
My goal is to provide you with lasting results through the power of visual imagery and mental dialect.
During the session, we just help enable the experience and give you the imagery; however, you remain in control the whole time. Everyone can deliberately enter this natural mental state. If you wish to stop smoking and change your daily routine, I can help!