2013 is coming to a close, which means it’s time to figure out what resolutions you’ll be accomplishing this year. Nearly 40% of Americans will attempt at least one goal next year. Some things are easier than others, and more fun, like learning a new skill or spending more time with family. But by far the most common resolutions are these two: smoking cessation, and weight loss through exercise and a nutritious diet. They’re two things that will do nothing but benefit your overall health, and make you look and feel better.
But for many, despite the health benefits and the seemingly solid resolve on January 1st, these resolutions are abandoned before the month is even up. In fact, in one highly discouraging statistic presented by the University of Scranton, a mere 8% of new years resolutions are actually accomplished.
There are, no doubt, several factors that play in to the success or failure of a new year’s resolution. But one thing is for certain: Quitting addictive behaviors is difficult, and you should not trust someone who says that this will be easy.
But the good news is this: smoking, unhealthy diets, and a sedentary lifestyle are all composed of habits that you built, which means that they can be broken. And while the process is often very difficult, hypnosis can help.
1. Quit Smoking
Nicotine is an addiction both mentally and physically, because people turn to smoking not just because they’re craving the nicotine boost, but also because they’re stressed or, in the case of social smokers, it’s a social situation, and they associate drinking with smoking.
Hypnosis for smoking cessation is highly personal and individualized, which is why it has such a high success rate. Depending on the individual smoker, hypnosis can be adjusted to hone in on unique addictive triggers. If it’s stress, a clinical hypnotist may find it helpful to offer stress and anxiety management techniques that go hand in hand with their desire to quit smoking. This gives them a healthy alternative to lighting up when life gets hectic.
Or the social smoker may be given a hypnotic suggestion that breaks the association between alcohol and nicotine, so that you can enjoy the occasional glass of wine with friends without feeling the need to step outside with said friends for a smoke.
2. Weight Loss
Like nicotine, food can become a kind of addiction, something to turn to when one is stressed, bored, or even happy. And what makes an unhealthy relationship with food even harder is that, unlike nicotine, food is unavoidable, since we must eat to survive. But hypnosis can help by changing the way we think about food. It can make us more mindful of what is going in to our mouths. It can also make our weight loss goals more tangible.
For instance, if you’re the sort of person who spends long evenings in front of the TV, mindlessly munching on calorie-dense snack foods, you may benefit from a clinical hypnotist who makes the hypnotic suggestion that You will stop eating when your food stops tasting absolutely delicious. This, combined with healthy food choices and reasonable portion control, can work wonders in helping you reach your weight loss goal, whether it’s to lose 30 lbs. in 6 months, or just fit in to your favorite dress that’s been stuck in the back of your closet.
Whatever goals you set, do everything you can to achieve them, and find out if hypnosis can help give you the edge.