How hypnotherapy can help you stop smoking

We’re well into 2017 now, and most people will have long forgotten their New Year’s resolutions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t renew them or make some mid-year resolutions. One popular resolution is to give up smoking, but it’s also one of the most difficult. This post is going to tell you both why you should quit and how hypnotherapy can be a big help to you when you plan to do so.

Why should you quit?

The negative effects of smoking are by now well known. There are a number of health related issues which you increase your likelihood of developing if you smoke. These include heart disease, lung cancer, gum disease, and many many more.

Smoking also damages your lungs and affects how much oxygen your blood can carry around your body. Carbon monoxide found in cigarettes is the main cause of this. One of the significant negative effects of smoking is it also damages the lungs of those around you through passive smoking.

Smoking also leads to a build-up of tar in the lungs and it can also enter the bloodstream and be transported to other parts of the body. Tar contains over 4000 chemicals and over 50 cancer-causing carcinogens.

So, it’s fairly clear that quitting smoking is not only good for your own health, but also the health of those around you. Infants are particularly at risk from passive smoking, so many choose to quit for the welfare of their children. However, it’s important to realise that people are far more likely to quit successfully if they’re doing it for themselves. People who choose to quit for others often find their motivation wanes and they end up taking up smoking again!

How hypnotherapy can help

Hypnotherapy can be an incredibly useful tool when it comes to quitting smoking, and it’s one that many people turn to. It helps mainly by breaking the negative habits and thinking patterns which reinforce and perpetuate your smoking habit.

Once you’ve decided to quit smoking, the most important thing is to change both your routine and your view of cigarettes. Hypnotherapy’s focus on change makes it incredibly useful when it comes to getting over addictions like smoking because it helps to change these routines and views.

Hypnotherapy works by putting first putting you into a relaxed state, as in this condition your mind will be more open to suggestion. Whilst in this state, the hypnotherapist will make suggestions to you in order to change your thought patterns. These suggestions might include “I don’t want a cigarette” or “the smell of cigarettes makes me feel ill”.

You can use hypnotherapy in conjunction with nicotine replacement therapy which will help you treat both the physical and mental addiction.

Hypnotherapy for smoking is not a quick fix, but it is a great way to get control over your addiction and break it. For some people it might take one session, for others it could take a few, but either way, it’s definitely a step in a positive direction!


Hypnotherapy and nightmares

Despite what you may think, although nightmares are more common among children, 50% of adults experience them occasionally. Nightmares can be horrible, and generate many strong emotions as well as physical responses. To you, they can feel completely real. Although we’re not entirely sure what causes nightmares, or dreams for that matter, there are a number of factors which may lead to you having more nightmares than usual, or recurring nightmares.

Anxiety and stress, for example, can cause nightmares, or they can be caused by something that happens during your day. Significant life events or trauma can also lead to more common or recurring nightmares. These factors can play on your mind and work into your dreams at night, causing nightmares.

In the worst cases, nightmares can cause you to wake and find you cannot move. This is known as sleep paralysis and, despite it’s perfectly scientific explanation, it is understandably terrifying. So whether you yourself suffer nightmares, or perhaps your partner or child does, it’s a relief to know that it is possible to reduce their frequency and tackle some of the causes.

How hypnotherapy can help?

The key to tackling nightmares is not to get to the root of their cause. As previously said, no one can be entirely sure what causes nightmares. Some may have clearer causes than others, but some might seem totally random and unrelated to any stress or trauma you may be experiencing in your life.

Instead, the best way to end your nightmares is to change the troubled patterns of thought and replace them with calm and peaceful thought patterns. Once you’ve internalised these thought patterns and made them automatic, your nightmares will disappear.

Working at the subconscious level, hypnotherapy will help you to identify those negative thought patterns which are causing your nightmares. Your hypnotherapist can then make suggestions which will help you to create new more positive thinking patterns that will soon become automatic.

All of this is done after your hypnotherapist puts you into a deeply relaxed state. Once in this state, your mind is far more open to suggestions, making it easier to get rid of old thought patterns and usher in the new.

Getting rid of nightmares normally takes two or three hypnotherapy sessions, but occasionally there might be someone who needs a few more to fully remove the problem. Similarly, it may take fewer. It’s difficult to say for certain, but people normally see a difference after the first session.

It’s important to mention that hypnotherapy can also help with other sleeping disorders as well. This includes confusional arousals, restless leg syndrome, sleepwalking, teeth grinding, and insomnia. Sometimes these conditions can go hand-in-hand with nightmares, so if you suffer from them as well it’s a good idea to mention it to your hypnotherapist so they can tailor the treatment to you.

So reclaim your peace sleep and rest easy with the help of hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy & IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a very common disorder that affects the digestive system. Those who have it will know quite how unpleasant and inconvenient it’ll be, but you’re certainly not alone. IBS is thought to affect one in five people during their lifetime, and it most commonly occurs when a person is in their 20s.

Fortunately, although it tends to be a long-term condition, it is possible to manage it with a number of treatments and lifestyle changes. One of those treatments is hypnotherapy which has been shown to have a positive effect on those suffering from IBS. This article hopes to tell you a bit more about what IBS is, and how hypnotherapy can help you manage this unpleasant condition so you can become a more confident, happier you.

What is IBS?

Some studies claim that IBS is the most common digestive system disorder, with women more likely to suffer than men. There are a number of symptoms which really vary from person to person. Some people may experience only a few, and at certain times of the day, whereas others suffer more severely.

Some of the symptoms of IBS include pain and discomfort in the abdomen, indigestion, nausea, cramping, feeling full, and heartburn, but there are many many more. For a full list, it’s a good idea to check the NHS’s webpage on IBS. If you think you might be suffering from IBS, it’s important to contact your doctor and get an official diagnosis.

Causes of IBS

The causes of IBS are uncertain, but some research suggests its due to an over-active gut. There are a number of different studies into the exact causes, but this article is mainly interested in the evidence that suggests a person’s emotional state can pay a role. Feeling anxious or stressed can cause a person to suffer irregular bowel habits. In time, this may influence the overall behaviour of the bowel system, causing IBS.

How can hypnotherapy help?

Fortunately, hypnotherapy can really help you to get on top of the symptoms of IBS and lessen its effects. It can help to teach you relaxation techniques so you can better manage stress. It’s important to know that the brain and gut are connected in many complex ways, and that our emotional wellbeing has a direct effect on our physical wellbeing.

Hypnosis can also help you to promote positive thinking and coping strategies when you do get stressed. By going to a hypnotherapist, you’ll be able to learn these techniques, and the hypnotherapist will be able to help you recognise the problem and access your unconscious mind.

By putting you in a deep and relaxed state, a hypnotherapist can better access your unconscious mind and help to identify and remove negative thought patterns. After this, they can suggest new, more positive patterns which will help you better cope with stress, or feel relaxed in the face of previously anxiety-causing situations.

So, if you’re one of the many suffers of IBS, don’t suffer in silence. Make an appointment today to see if hypnotherapy could help you!


Using hypnotherapy to overcome a fear of needles

Being afraid of needles is an incredibly common phobia and, while it’s not difficult to overcome, it is an inconvenient fear to have. Blood tests, vaccinations, and dental work can all seem like insurmountable procedures to those with a fear of needles. You may also want to help others by donating blood, but feel unable to because of your fear.
Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can tackle your fear of needles, and one such with is with hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is very effective when it comes to treating all kinds of phobias. Like all phobias, although being afraid of needles may seem to have a rational cause, it is blown out of proportion. The difference with a fear of needles is that it can lead to you neglecting your health, and this is why it’s important to overcome it.

What is a phobia?
Being afraid of needles is an example of a phobia. We all have fears and anxieties, but some are more rational than others. It is rational to be afraid of coming face to face with a dangerous animal, but less rational to be afraid of needles, for instance. Enetophobia, or the fear of needles, is an irrational fear because the object of the fear itself won’t actually put you in any danger.
Phobias are incredibly common and come in many different forms. Dentophobia, for example, is a fear of dentists, and Arithmophobia is a fear of numbers. Phobias normally come with strong avoidance behaviour and feelings of anxiety. When particularly acute, phobias can lead to loss of control or panic attacks.
The worst bit about phobias is the suffer is typically aware that the fear is irrational, but this doesn’t lessen the fear or help them control it at all. Fortunately, however, it is possible to overcome phobias by using hypnotherapy.

How hypnotherapy can help
Hypnotherapy has been proven to help with a number of different phobias. It can help you get to the root of your phobia, and this enables you to think about how it is you react to a certain object or situation. In this case, the object or situation will involve needles, so a blood test for example. Your fear of needles is simply a thought pattern which leads you to associate needles with danger and fear. By identifying this and replacing the negative thought pattern with a more positive one.
To open up your mind, your hypnotherapist will place you in a deep and relaxed state. This will make it easier to remove the old, negative thought patterns, and replace them with new positive ones. Your hypnotherapist might suggest things to you while you’re in this state, such as ‘I have nothing to fear from needles’ or ‘A blood test isn’t going to do me any harm’.
Hypnotherapy can also help you by teaching you relaxation techniques as well as visualisation techniques which can help desensitise you and form new habits which leave you calmer and more relaxed.

Hypnotherapy and empathy

Empathy is an important human trait when it comes to maintaining relationships. It’s part of the glue which holds society together, as our ability to imagine how someone else is feeling allows us to react to people in a certain way. Ever wondered why you cringe at embarrassing things on the TV? Empathy. Ever wondered why you feel upset when your friend is having a rough time? Empathy. How about when you feel excited when your best friend gets that promotion they wanted. Empathy again!
People have varying degrees of empathy, with some people being very sensitive to other people’s emotions, and others…well…not so sensitive. But it is possible to improve your ability to empathise and exercise it, almost like a muscle. One of the ways to improve it is through hypnotherapy, although mindfulness is another excellent route to improving your ability to empathise with others.
Why is empathy so important?
We’ve already touched on why empathy is important when it comes to relationships and society in general, but this really can’t be emphasised enough! Empathy is crucial when it comes to relationships. It helps us put ourselves in other people’s shoes and understand how they’re feeling. This understanding helps us to give better advice or to just be better listeners to our friends’, family’s, or partner’s problems.
But empathy has also been shown to help society as well. Studies have shown that empathy reduces instances of racism, homophobia, and other forms of prejudice. It also makes us more likely to help people and promotes tolerance. It’s clear to see how all of these things are intrinsically positive and can lead to better emotional well-being, both for you and others.

How can you improve your ability to empathise?
The good news is that it is possible to improve your capacity to empathise with others! One way of doing this would be to practice mindfulness. There are some mindfulness meditation recordings which focus specifically on improving your ability to empathise with other people. It’s all about imagining that person and opening your mind a little.
Hypnotherapy can also help and in two ways. First off, often when we’re dealing with difficult emotions or issues of our own, we can end up getting a little caught up in our thoughts. This might mean we don’t have time to think about others. This isn’t something that we should feel sorry for, but it does demonstrate how dealing with painful emotions can help us be more empathetic people.
Hypnotherapy will help you get to the root of the issues you’re dealing with, and give you a guide as to how to work through those emotions. This will leave you a lot more time to think about others!
The second way hypnotherapy can help is by allowing you to tackle empathy head on. Your hypnotherapist can be there to discuss any relationship issues your having and provide some perspective on them.

So if you think your empathy skills could do with improving, give mindfulness or hypnotherapy a go. It’ll change your life for the better!