Hypnotherapy for Habits
It’s a rare person who doesn’t develop at least one bad habit during their lifetime that they’d rather be without, whether it’s nail biting, itch scratching, hair pulling, binge drinking, chocolate munching, or one of the many other activities we may engage in when we are stressed or bored.
We develop a bad habit initially usually as a way of distracting ourselves from anxiety, and it may in fact bring temporary relief, but it quickly becomes automatic so that we find ourselves doing it all the time without thinking consciously about what we are doing.
How We Develop Habitual Responses
Have you ever heard a piece of music that’s instantly reminded you of a past memory? That’s the subconscious part of your mind that has anchored that particular sound to a past image or feeling.
It’s in this way that our brain learns a habitual response. The same could be said for when you wake up in the morning. Your conscious mind is normally still sound asleep when your alarm goes off. It’s your unconscious mind that begins to deal with that alarm, usually by automatically remembering to press the snooze button.
How Hypnotherapy Can Break Habits
Hypnosis deals directly with the subconscious part of your mind, the part responsible for initiating habitual responses. As hypnosis is a combination of relaxation and focused attention it is very successful in treating unwanted habits. Firstly, it helps you to feel calm and relaxed and so reduce any feelings of anxiety that are contributing to your habit, and, secondly, it makes you conscious of what you were previously doing automatically.
When you become consciously aware that you are engaging in, or about to engage in, the bad habit, it is much easier to break the habit. This combination of relaxation, focused attention, and coping strategies is extremely effective.
Please contact me to book a session and we can discuss the particular habit you would like to change or eliminate.