Are you constantly arguing with yourself about unhealthy habits which you’re finding difficult to change and are disappointed at your own failure to improve your quality of life? Then hypnotherapy can help you change your life.
Whether stepping reluctantly on the scales or waking up hungover after another night of too much booze. It is this evidence and the knowledge of what we have done to our body that drives us to start thinking about making some lifestyle changes. The top three things that we attempt to tackle are drinking, what you eat and of course cigarettes. But, how successful are our endeavours?
The problem is that stopping smoking tobacco, ditching the alcohol and trying to lose weight all require significant behavioural change. This is something that humans are just not very good at. We have a significant capacity to learn, but limited capacity to unlearn. Could you unlearn how to ride a bike, drive a car or even walk? Of course not. So there’s the dilemma. How does one make these changes – and above all – create permanent changes to your thinking and behaviours?
How can hypnosis make a difference?
The only way to unlearn a behaviour is to put a new behaviour in its place by overwriting the existing behaviour with a new one. Because hypnotherapy gives us access to the subconscious mind, where we believe our habits are saved and sustained, we can propose new thought processes that can effectively overwrite the current ones.
Suppose you frequently stop at the supermarket on the way home from work to grab a bottle of wine along with perhaps some ice cream and/or a chocolate bar as a treat after a difficult day, or perhaps you just feel like it! With hypnotherapy, it’s possible to forget that behaviour and get on with your life without thinking about it at all.
The same goes for cigarettes and weight management and, in fact, for any behavioural change you would like to make. With hypnotherapy, changing habits is our stock in trade. How would your waistline change if you just stopped fancying all the carbs like bread, potatoes, biscuits, cakes, pasta and cereals? How easy might it be to stop cigarette smoking if you just didn’t fancy a cigarette any more and if you begun to think of yourself as a non-smoker?
Wouldn’t it be great to stop making and breaking the same old habits? That’s what it actually means to make changes at a subconscious level. That’s because making subconscious change is way more formidable and takes more than just conscious intention.
Karen Martin from Karen Martin Hypnotherapy is well qualified and has many years of practical experience of taking care of problem behaviours using hypnotherapeutic approaches in her clinic in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.