With new studies coming out every day showing that smoking has devastating long-term health effects, people all over the world are looking for new ways to kick the highly addictive habit, everything from nicotine replacement to support groups to the time-tested cold turkey method. But these methods don't always work. Maybe your cravings are too strong, or you associate nicotine replacement with the feeling of smoking too much to break the habit. Recently, more and more people have seen success with hypnosis as an alternative method for quitting smoking. Hypnosis as a therapeutic tool has a history dating back to Franz Mesmer in the 18th century. But only recently have people begun to realize the power of hypnosis for quitting smoking specifically.
Hypnosis can be a great way to quit smoking because it influences the subconscious mind through the power of self-suggestion, creating a positive mindset that enforces positive habits. The problem with this is that not everyone is located close to a hypnotherapist, and even if they are, that hypnotherapist might not have the training or expertise to help them kick the habit.
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Online hypnosis solves this problem by offering hypnosis mp3s or CDs that allow the person quitting smoking to hypnotize themselves from the comfort of their home. This is ideal because it saves travel time and offers a lower-cost alternative to actually seeing a hypnotist in person. However, many of these hypnosis downloads are of poor quality. They don't provide the custom hypnosis that a hypnosis session with a real-live hypnotherapist can provide, instead using a “one-size-fits-all” approach to save on expenses. The listener goes away feeling as though the hypnosis download didn't meet their particular needs, or their particular history, or the particular preferences (for example a male or female hypnotist) that will allow hypnosis to work for them and help them quit smoking for good.
So if you're trying to quit smoking, and cold turkey and nicotine replacement haven't worked, and you live in a geographic area where you're far from a quality hypnotherapist, hypnosis mp3s can be a viable alternative, but if you're using them, make sure to find a service that provides custom self-hypnosis sessions (like Hypnotizr). The benefits of this type of service over one-size-fits-all hypnosis mp3s are numerous. Perhaps there are certain triggers that make you smoke: break-time at work, anxiety, or seeing other people smoke. Perhaps there are certain behaviours that would be great replacements for smoking in your life, like chewing gum or drinking water. Only custom hypnosis downloads can give you suggestions based on what you know will work for you. This type of personal customization is something you'd get from a real live-hypnotherapist, but not from non-custom self-hypnosis sessions. It can make all the difference.