Hypnosis and Quitting Smoking: The Fact and Myth

Smokers use various methods for getting out of their unhealthy habit. While some take medicines others find nicotine substitutes quite helpful. Surprisingly, some manage to drop their habit quite effortlessly.

But there is another way you can try to kick the habit! Hypnosis. But what are the facts, in the face of myths surrounding it? Can it do the trick?

What hypnosis can do:

Hypnosis is a method by which the mind is brought to the state of total relaxation so that it becomes open to suggestion. It cuts out extraneous thoughts and creates a sort of altered state in the mind.

A hypnotist uses techniques of breathing and imagery to calm the patient's mind. Once he achieves this, he gives suggestions to deter the person from smoking. He can suggest the harmful consequences of smoking or give positive suggestions about good health. Basically, he tries to change the thought pattern of the patient.

Hypnosis induces a sense of tranquility in the patient. The healthier subconscious thoughts should help to keep the patient away from the lure of lighting up once again.

Some patients might need more than just one session to quit for good. But there are reports of many successes! Many who people wanted to have quit the habit using hypnosis.

Hypnosis the Myth:

The myth that hypnosis is a remedy for the ills of cigarette smoking is just that! a myth. Hypnosis just spurs the urge to transform destructive behavior patterns into constructive ones. It can help to bring about a change in thinking. But you need to be sure you act as you think -- to redirect the urge to smoke. And bring some changes to your lifestyle.

A lot of times, hypnosis will only work for a brief amount of time and then another session is needed to re-strengthen the desired behaviors.

In addition, you can try self-hypnosis.

Be your own hypnotist:

Put on some soothing music, close your eyes and let your body ease into a total state of relaxation. Visualize how you would like your life to be. Think of health, vitality and a nicotine free existence. Reinforce these thoughts, saying them over. Now open your eyes slowly.

It's really that simple. All you need to do is repeat this process on a regular basis, which will help you come up with new responses to old situations that led you to smoke in the first place.

The Author:

Paul Segnate is the editor of Hypnosis Cafe which is research center for hypnosis topics and related news and views. For any questions or comments about this article please visit http://www.hypnosiscafe.com.

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