Can you Imagine yourself as a happy, healthy non-smoker? It seems to be the time of year when people are reflecting on their past year and thinking ahead about plans for the New Year. Maybe you are thinking about a new project, a vacation, or a healthy lifestyle change such as quitting smoking. Let’s face it, the thought of standing huddled outside in the cold in January, trying to stay warm just to have a cigarette, is probably something that you could do without, for many reasons.
As there is a growing body of research showing evidence on the effectiveness of hypnosis and guided imagery, people are becoming more aware of hypnosis for smoking cessation.
Hypnosis has been found to be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy.
Hypnotherapy is more effective than nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation: results of a randomized controlled trial.
Complement Ther Med. 2014 Feb;22(1):1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2013.12.012. Epub 2014 Jan 6.
A study smokers showed that after a two-year follow-up, patients that quit with guided imagery were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than the placebo-control group.
Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005;37:3, pages 245-250.
You might think that smoking has done something positive for you such as:
- allowing you to feel a part of belonging to a certain group of people
- relieving stress, boredom, or helped you deal with uncomfortable emotions
- keeping your hands busy
- helping you maintain your weight, as you were smoking instead of eating
Through repetitive thoughts and actions, your mind has been programmed. Hypnosis helps people get into the learning brain wave state. In this state, people are open to learning new habits or behaviours. With hypnosis people will not have to try not to smoke, they simply will not have the urge to smoke. Hypnosis will help redirect your subconscious mind to achieve your goals in more positive and healthier ways.
Although it is recommended to have one or two follow up sessions to reinforce the changes habits, many people get results from one session.
Hypnosis is known to be a quick, safe, and effective way to stop smoking permanently.
Ginette Andress, B.Sc., B.Ed.
Consulting Hypnotist, NLP Practitioner
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” – Earl Nightingale