Self hypnosis for stopping smoking

Quit cigarette smoking with hypnosis

You are twice as likely to quit cigarettes by hypnosis than you are to stop smoking with any nicotine product such as patches and gum.

Hypnosis is a trance-like state that resembles sleep. This can be brought about by many means. People can be in a trance-like state while watching TV, dancing, walking, even driving. It is a state were the subconscious mind takes over from the conscious mind.

The subconscious part of the brain is also referred to as the Ed, the primal area. When in the hypnotised state, all distractions are blocked out and only the specific suggestions are taken in. But because these suggestions are taken in to such a deep, primal area of the brain, they really take root.

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Hypnosis is a trance-like state that resembles sleep

So, the question is how do you get into this trance like state so that you can feed suggestions to yourself in order to stop smoking? Do you want the hassle of finding a certified hypnotherapist in your area? Not to mention the expense? You’ve spent enough on cigarettes already!

The answer is that you can do it yourself. You can repeat these suggestions to yourself at times when you are most receptive and most relaxed – just before you fall asleep, for example.

One famous proponent and writer of hypnotherapy was Milton Erickson. He was so severely paralysed with polio that, one night aged 17, he heard doctors telling his mother that he wouldn’t make it through the night, “autohypnotic experience”.

“I was damned if I would die without seeing one more sunset. I saw that vast sunset covering the whole sky. But I know there was also a tree there outside the window, but I blocked it out. I did not do it consciously. I saw all the sunset, but I didn’t see the fence and large boulder that were there. I blocked out everything except the sunset. After I saw the sunset, I lost consciousness for three days. When I finally awakened, I asked my father why they had taken out that fence, tree, and boulder. I did not realize I had blotted them out when I fixed my attention so intensely on the sunset.”

Here we see that intense concentration caused Erickson to see something that wasn’t there. He had moved “out of himself”. Erickson saw that this shift in consciousness could be used successfully in therapy.

Your conscious mind says to you, “oh, I must do the washing up now” so you do the washing up. The subconscious mind makes sure you don’t forget to breathe while you do it.

So this oldest, basest, primal part of the brain is the part you want to talk to in order to give up smoking. So make the suggestions to your subconscious self.

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Hypnotherapy and the Unconscious

Hypnosis to help quit smoking

Hypnotherapy has effectively been used in various forms for hundreds of years. Its concept is simple – the unconscious controls your habits, hang-ups, fears, phobias and self confidence therefore it makes perfect sense to deal direct with the part of you that can change general health for the better.

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A hypnotherapist can try to implant suggestions into your unconscious

When dealing with hypnosis the key is all about relaxation and distraction. You relax the body and distract the mind, inserting key suggestions into the unconscious that changes the way you behave.

When someone is experiencing anxiety or stress, it is not uncommon for the unconscious to go into overdrive causing panic attacks, heart palpitations, insomnia and extreme tiredness. This is your body’s way of communicating that you have a problem and it wants you to address it as soon as possible. After all experiencing these sorts of side effects are extremely unpleasant and difficult to live with.

Not everyone experiences such intense symptoms. Many have varying degrees of anxiety and stress. Symptoms can show themselves in many other forms such as unexplained weeping, rage, suppressed anger, obsessive worry, stomach pains, IBS, hair loss and most commonly a feeling of helplessness.

Anxiety and stress can also cause addictive habits such as smoking and alcoholism.

As not everyone is suitable or comfortable taking drugs to combat these symptoms, hypnotherapy gives an easy and healthy option that can also have other beneficial attributes.

Hypnosis relaxes and reduces tension throughout the body and mind, thus reducing the outward symptoms of anxiety and stress. More importantly the inner turmoil that is the root cause of these behaviours are tackled and negative thought processes are changed for more healthier alternatives.

What happens in a Hypnotherapy session?

This can depend on the therapist or the method you choose to tackle this challenging problem with. Generally you will experience deep relaxation and peace, accompanied by increased self worth and confidence.

The available implementation methods for this therapy are varied. Such as personal one to one and group sessions. Skype therapy for conditions such as acrophobia and severe anxiety. As well as serving those who find a therapist but are unable to travel to the destination due to time restrictions.

Multimedia options are increasingly popular such as CDs, MP3 recordings, DVD’s and smart phone apps. Many internet companies are offering free downloads just for joining their mailing list. Other options are free Self Hypnosis eBooks, and Amazon have a huge array to help any condition.

Like in every alternative therapy market, it is essential to find the right delivery method for you.

Therefore take the opportunity to find a therapist who makes you feel comfortable and at ease. Who asks about you (not just what they can do for you) as well as being registered with a competent society such as the BSCH.

Alternatively a lesser known option would be to search auction sites and second hand stalls, communicating with the seller to get feedback of how their anxiety was helped by using their hypnotherapy tool. You may be surprised at how many people will have been helped and are passing products on to help others.

One of the many questions asked of any therapist is: How long will it take to rid me of my problem?

Unsurprisingly, there is no easy answer here. Hypnosis is a matter of willingness to really be helped and cooperation with the therapist. It is widely claimed that all hypnosis is self hypnosis. Meaning that without a two way partnership between the therapist and the client, the therapy will never set deep enough. It is imperative therefore that all diligence is taken to find as stated before a suitable therapist or professional multimedia tool.

So to summarise

  • Make a decision that today is the day to claim your life back.
  • Explore the options and tools that are available to you such as therapist, multimedia, books, and auctions.
  • Choose one that suits your commitment and need.
  • Commit to the treatment, be patient and positive.
  • And above all look forward to the new found freedom that hypnotherapy will bring you.

This is a guest post by hypnotherapist Penelope Pedley.

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Meditation to quit smoking

Meditation to quit smoking

There is no specific way to do a meditation to quit smoking. Just normal “mindfulness” meditation will work.

If you’ve tried meditation before and felt that it isn’t for you then it is never too late to start again. In fact, an old Buddhist monk told me once that no one actually “meditates”, people only “practice meditation”. You won’t sit down, close your eyes and immediately empty your mind straightaway, experience the enlightenment and become Buddha.

You try, you practice. And with practice, you get better – just like anything else.

So, don’t worry if you think you aren’t making any progress or if you think you are wasting your time. No time spent practicing meditation is a waste. You are always improving. Teaching your mind mindfulness.

What to do if my mind starts to wonder?

You may be sitting with your eyes closed and realize that, instead of meditating, you have been thinking about what groceries you need to buy. But don’t worry if that’s the case, we all do these things! Just put your mind back on your breathing.

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The best way to quit smoking is through mediation

Concentrate on the sensation of the breath going in and out of the nose. Watch your breathing and watch your mind. If you are completely in the moment of now – not dwelling on the past breath nor anticipating the next breath – you are doing it right.

It can be frustrating at first that your efforts in mindfulness are continually clouded by everyday thoughts but as long as you keep putting your attention back onto your breath you will start to improve you concentration.

How do I meditate in order to quit smoking?

There is lots of advice about what to affirm or imagine while you are meditating. For example, at the hiatus of your relaxation with the meditation you can affirm “I breathe easier and feel healthier every day” or visualize a mountain stream with crystal clear pure water. However, this is closer to self-hypnosis, as if you are affirming or imagining anything the you are not meditating.

Just the meditation alone will help you stop smoking. Remember to always meditate first thing in the morning before you’ve had a cigarette. Your lungs will be at their cleanest and you’ll will start to hate the thought of having your first cigarette after the meditation that has left you feeling so pure and clean.

Pretty soon, you’ll not want to smoke at all and leave out that first cigarette of the day. Maybe you’ll make it to lunch without having had one. Then see how you feel after lunch, see if you would want to smoke after the meal as normal.

But maybe you don’t want that one either! And so it goes on. See how long you can go without smoking. If you really want one, you can have one. But see if you can make it a full day without smoking.

If you can do that – last a whole day without smoking – then it’s likely that you won’t ever have another cigarette ever again.

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Self Hypnosis to Stop Smoking

Stop smoking with hypnosis

There is no right or wrong way to do self hypnosis to stop smoking. However, it works. I know because I did it.

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Smoking, as you are no doubt aware, is a terrible habit and addiction and the reason it seems so hard to break is that it is lodged deep in the subconscious mind.

The conscious mind is the part of you that thinks you should get a new job, wonders if you’ll catch the train or enjoys a good TV show. Your unconscious mind, however, is concerned with things that you don’t necessarily think about, like breathing, using muscles in your legs to walk or feels fear in certain situations.

The subconscious part of your mind is the older, more primordial part – concerned with the basics of survival and living that beings on this planet have relied on for millennia. Pretty important stuff. Unfortunately, this is the part that is telling you to keep smoking.

Hypnosis works by suggesting to your subconscious self that you don’t need cigarettes. Rather than pay someone to hypnotize you it’s much better to learn how to do it yourself – this way you can tell your subconscious mind to do anything at all!

How to hypnotize yourself to stop smoking

First of all you need to prepare yourself and your environment. You need a quiet place and time where distractions are at a minimum.

Make sure you are feeling as relaxed as possible.

Place a chair with a back but without arms in the middle of a room with no electric lights on and no sunlight streaming through the windows. Make sure you turn off any electrical appliances that may be making a noise or disturbing you.

Now sit down on the chair, close your eyes, cup your hands together on your lap, relax and be aware of the sensations in your body.

Feel the weight of your body against the chair. Notice the sensations on the soles of your feet where they are touching the floor.

Try to clear your mind. We spend all our time worrying about the state of our bodies but incredibly little time working on our mind and yet it has to be one of the most important organs!

You will find that these moments of silence, far from being boring, are actually very relaxing and enjoyable.

Now, turn your attention to your breathing. Breathing is constant and concentrating on it is the best way to empty your mind and only be aware of the present moment and nothing else.

So, feel the sensation of the air going in and out of your nostrils and count the breaths from one to ten and then back again to one.

At first you won’t be able to concentrate on the breaths for more than a few seconds other thoughts will flit into your mind. But, with practice your mind will calm down.

There is much more to write on this subject and if you sign up for email updates here you will receive an e-book on how to stop smoking cigarettes that will explain this in greater detail.

Once you reach a very relaxed state where you mind is completely concentrated on your breathing you should start the auto-suggestion. This is planting thought into your mind, just by thinking while you are in this super-relaxed state.

This process is particularly good for giving up smoking as you are concentrating on breathing. So, deliberately think of the clean, perfect air going into your body, replenishing it and giving oxygen in order for you to function. And, then exhaling so as to get rid of the waste products, the carbon dioxide, away from you.

This appreciation of clean air may be enough to make you want to continue your life without smoking another cigarette.

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