Managing Bad Habits and Addictions
A habit is a behaviour pattern where the person is no longer consciously aware of doing it. It doesn’t always have to be a negative thing and is not usually as destructive. The habit becomes rooted within their brain, which causes the person to automatically repeat the act, without thinking. However some habits can become ‘bad habits’. For example; nail biting, nervous tics, teeth grinding.
By learning to exercise conscious control over them you can break the pattern of behaviour. Hypnotherapy is very effective for breaking habits. An addiction will generally begin as a habit. It is like an extreme form of a habit. Although we tend to think primarily of drug, alcohol abuse, gambling and smoking, one can actually become addicted to anything and it then becomes increasingly difficult for the person to control their urges and then becomes dependent on the activity or substance. This eventually begins to have a harmful impact on their wellbeing, health, relationships, work and general day-to-day life and rational decisions and judgments become impaired.
In order to determine whether one has a habit, or an addiction generally comes down to whether or not they can truly live without it. There is a lot of help and guidance around and a large number of people have found Hypnotherapy to be very effective with controlling habits and addictions. However, before you see hypnotherapist you must seek advice and guidance of a GP.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy helps guide you to believe that your addictive behaviour can be control and overcome by you. While in the natural and relaxed state of hypnosis, you become more open to finding the solution within yourself and more receptive to suggestions that are compatible with your overall objectives. By helping you to gain a greater sense of understanding of your actions and perceptions, your self-esteem and self-worth will develop and grow and you will begin to find a way to control your addictive behaviour.
During the sessions, I will work with you to get to the root of the problem and also provide support and guidance to help alter the habitual behavioural pattern. Along with hypnotherapy, CBT, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and other psychotherapy techniques, we work together to find what the underlying cause of your addictive behaviour is and re-establish your emotional strength to make more healthy decisions. Each individual’s needs and goals will be different and will be treated as such.
Also please be aware that whilst in hypnosis, you are always in control and are never made to do anything that you feel uncomfortable about.
You can read more about how hypnotherapy works here.