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Hypnotherapy For Habits


Hypnosis for habits is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are looking for alternative treatment methods. Conducted in a very friendly and fun environment Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with habits by focusing on the future rather than the past, concentrating on what the client wants to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change.

The sessions are a combination of learning how the brain works so the client can understand what makes them feel the way they do and more importantly what they can do about it. Hypnosis then reduces anxiety and this is done very simply through visualisation and relaxation allowing the client to focus on the positive aspects of their lives that then encourages a shift in perspective.

When we talk about people developing habit, there is a clear distinction between good habits and bad habits. This means that some habits should be encouraged as they provide structure in people’s lives and they serve a purpose but there will also be some habits that hold people back in life. It is important to realise which habit is which and then to work on maintaining good habits and minimising the impact of bad habits.

When it comes to bad habits, the most common examples you will find include behaviour such as biting your nails, spending too much money, fidgeting and procrastination. These are all aspects that can impact on a person’s image, their ability to achieve success, their happiness and all walks of life. The first step in breaking any habit and improving behaviour is recognising that you have a habit and this is sometimes an area where it takes friends or family members to point out habits. However, not everyone is happy to be told of their bad habits in such a manner, and may respond negatively to this information, so it is important to provide this information in a positive and friendly manner. It may be that dropping subtle hints will eventually allow the person to come to terms with their habits in their own time.

How long to break a habit?

There has been numerous research undertaken on the behaviour of habits and how to break them and this has led to a misconception that it takes on average 66 days to be clear of a habit. Given that people are different and that there are many different types of habit to break clear from, there is no set timescale involved with breaking free from a habit. Someone who is trying to give up smoking may find it a lot harder than someone who is trying to stop biting their nails. There is a different level of addiction with the smoking process and it may be that someone has to attempt to stop smoking on a number of occasions before they achieve their goal.

When trying to determine the difference between an addiction and a bad habit, the notion of willpower comes to the fore. If a person is perceived to be in control of the behaviour, the action is considered to be a habit but if the person has no control over their actions, it is perceived to be an addiction.

Prevention is always better than the cure

When it comes to stopping a bad habit, like most things, prevention is the best step which means stopping it as early as possible. Sadly, not everyone realises that they have developed bad habits until further down the line. This means that there is a need to provide a cure for bad habits

Some people believe that offering a reward for not succumbing to a habit is a good way to overcome, with the length of time between rewards being extended over time. There is an argument that in order to defeat the mental block that many people have associated with their habit, they need to change their own mental approach. This is where the utilisation of hypnosis, providing people with a different outlook and getting to the root of why people started behaving in such a manner may be of tremendous benefit.

Given that hypnosis is considered to be a great tool in helping people to overcome addictions such as smoking, it follows on that it can be a useful tool to stop people from carrying out bad habits. Many habits have a cue that then trigger the response in the person which leads them to carrying out their bad habit. The use of hypnosis can often be a quick route to determining what the cue for the behaviour is, and once this has been identified steps can be taken to navigate around the cue or to diminish its power and capability over a person.