As a hypnotherapist, I’ve helped people quit smoking for over twenty years. One client had quit with the patch a couple of days before his first session, and he was having a terrible time with it. On our second session, he said it was like night and day. It was so much easier after his first session of hypnosis.
Hypnosis won’t make you quit smoking, but it does help make the process of quitting easier. Mainly, hypnosis imprints new information into your mind and focus on different thoughts about smoking. You focus on the advantages of not smoking and different strategies to get you through the cravings.
Over the years, people have argued with me about whether changing your thinking about smoking can make quitting easier. Finally, scientific evidence confirms this very premise. A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers, using an MRI, found that focusing on the long-term negative consequences of smoking actually switched off the part of the brain that controlled cravings.
Apparently, this concept also worked with cravings for various foods, as well. When you consider the long-range consequences, you change your focus, and it turns off the craving. Eventually, you’re able to train your brain to switch off the cravings. With hypnosis, you’re able to make those changes quicker.
I wonder what else they’ll discover that you can train your brain to do that hypnotherapists have been doing for years?
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