Unwanted habits & cravings

To book a hypnotherapy session, or if you have any questions, please contact me, or phone:
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Different kinds of habits

Nail-biting, picking the skin and fiddling with hair are probably the most common unwanted habits I see, but there are plenty of others, and hypnotherapy can work well for these. Many are developed in childhood. The myth is that a habit takes 21 days to develop. In fact, more recent research has shown that it can take from two to eight months, with 66 days being perhaps the most common length of time required. You might expect from this that hypnotherapy would take a couple of months to break a habit, but this is not usually the case, usually it’s much quicker.

The causes of habits

Often, what appear to be trivial habits start in childhood or adolescence, and then you get to adulthood, and that habit which may have seemed so cute when you were young no longer seems to fit in with your high-powered job, and you start to feel that it’s time to get rid of it. It’s common to feel slightly embarrassed about it, as if you are the only person in the world with this issue!

Cravings are slightly different, but related. In the case of cravings, they are usually related to food, and there’s often a good physical explanation for them, as well as a psychological and emotional one. Please see the section of the site on eating disorders and weight loss as well.

How hypnotherapy can help

As with most issues, my first task in dealing with unwanted habits is to attempt to find the cause of the issue and work through the events and emotions which led up to it. Habits are there for a reason which seemed relevant at the time they started.

Your life may be very different now compared to when that happened, but your mental and emotional software hasn’t necessarily been updated to reflect that. The habit may have given you reassurance or a feeling of safety when it was created, or it may have helped deal with frustration or boredom.

So my job is to neutralise the effects of past events in creating that habit and making sure that it’s safe for you to let it go. At that point it should become fairly easy for you just to release it.

Expectations with hypnotherapy

In some cases the changes are rapid, in others they require a certain amount of repetition, in order to allow the networks in the brain to change their configuration. For a few days or weeks after a hypnotherapy session it’s common to recognise the usual urge, but without wanting to act on it any longer. Then, as change becomes more permanent, you can forget about it altogether. I have tried to deal with the more common ways in which people show up with habits which they wish to shift, but yours may be an interesting and unusual variation on a theme. Either way, please get in touch if you’d like to know more.

To book a hypnotherapy session, or if you have any questions, please contact me, or phone:
077199 58726
(+44 77199 58726 if calling from outside the UK)

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