In this post I will be providing free hypnosis tips on how to deal your smoking addiction.
Smoking often starts out as a conscious decision at a young, impressionable age. Most people have to train themselves to smoke, since at first it tastes horrible, causes you to cough and leaves you feeling lightheaded. But after some practice, it gets easier and easier until eventually it becomes a deeply ingrained, subconscious habit. It is very difficult to break this habit through willpower or nicotine replacement techniques, as you have already developed strong associations with cigarettes. It is these associations that need to be dealt with in order to break the link and free you from your dependency on smoking.
Hypnosis is a very powerful tool that allows us to communicate with our subconscious. When we are deeply relaxed, our subconscious is at its most heightened and will therefore be receptive to instructions and suggestions provided that they are beneficial to us. So as long you wish to stop smoking for your own reasons (not simply to appease someone else) then hypnosis can help.
So firstly, we need you to enter into a nice relaxed state. Don’t worry, you will remain aware and in control at all times. You are not going into a zombified-trance, you are simply going to feel nice and comfortably relaxed, like you do when you’re engrossed in a good book or a piece of music, or lost in a daydream at college or work. So start by sitting or lying down somewhere comfortable and where you won’t be interrupted for the next ten minutes or so. Find a point of focus upon which to fix your gaze (such as the corner of a table, a spot on the ceiling or the end of your toe). Focus on that spot as you start to slowly count backwards from 100 in your head. As you count, imagine that with each count your breathing slows to a relaxed pace, your vision starts to become blurred and hazy, and your eyelids begin to feel heavy and tired, until eventually you feel it would be more comfortable for your eyes to simply relax and close. Everyone relaxes differently, so some may achieve this by the count of 90, others by the count 40. Take your time; be open to the suggestion of relaxing and go with it. Each time you practice this, you will find yourself going deeper into relaxation more and more quickly.
Once your eyes close, continue counting down for a further ten, imagining that each breath takes you further and deeper into relaxation. You’re still awake and conscious, but you’re feeling very comfortably relaxed. Now I want you to imagine waking up the next morning a non-smoker, not an ex-smoker. Imagine waking up feeling healthy, energetic and excited, free from any thoughts of smoking. Notice how content you feel as you continue through your day as a non-smoker. Take yourself through a typical day, and imagine feeling completely satisfied and fulfilled as a non-smoker. No cravings, no urges, no thoughts to smoke. Imagine, for example, that you’re dealing with a stressful working day, competently and confidently as a non-smoker. Or able to finish eating a meal or drinking a glass of wine, free from any cravings to smoke. Carry on through your imaginary day until you go to bed and then wake-up again the next day, a non-smoker. Repeat this cycle one more time so that at the end of the imaginary second day, you can allow yourself to gradually awaken by counting from 1 -10, eyes open and fully alert and wide awake on that count of 10.
This is a very simple, safe and enjoyable technique of self-hypnosis, which you can use to help manage your smoking habit. It will give you support in your attempts to quit. It is not designed to replace a tailor-made, one-to-one hypnosis session with a therapist, but you will find that with repetition, benefits will be achieved in the short term.
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