Hypnosis has become an increasingly popular tool for those who wish to stop smoking cigarettes. Professional hypnotherapists are located in many places and are consulted by people who wish to conquer their fears, decrease the stress in their life or for help with battling specific addictions including nicotine.
The basis of using hypnosis to help quit smoking involves the relaxation of both the body and the conscious mind. A hypnosis session aims to completely relax a person’s body and conscious mind whilst allowing them to focus upon a specific problem or question. In theory this will give the therapist and the patient access to the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind makes no differentiation between reality and imagination. Under hypnosis the subconscious mind will know that you are a non-smoker if it is told you are a non-smoker. Once your subconscious mind believes that you are a non-smoker the actions of a non-smoker will be carried over into conscious thought.
It is thought that change the beliefs of the subconscious mind is not the only way that hypnosis helps a smoker become a non-smoker. Hypnosis is also a way to reduce stress and help individuals reach a calmer attitude towards daily life. Combined with other methods of quitting smoking hypnosis can increase the effectiveness of these methods by both removing some of the stress involved in living and in quitting and also by prompting the individual to believe that they are a non-smoker.
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