Bad Habits

Hypnosis in Manchester to stop bad habits like hair pulling

STOP Bad Habits with hypnotherapy

Bad habits come in all shapes and sizes. But whatever your bad habit is, hypnosis is an effective, powerful treatment to stop it. At Manchester Hypnotherapy, we frequently treat hair pulling (trichotillomania), nail biting, and skin picking.

We commonly see nervous tics (such as twitching or jerking), and teeth grinding, which can cause headaches and severe pain.

Other habits treated are problems which you might not necessarily think of as bad habits. These include binge drinking, over eating, smoking, excessive screen time, eating four bars of chocolate (and hardly tasting any of it, sadly!), or constantly checking your phone even when that means you can’t sleep.

Bad Habits – like Hair Pulling – are Subconscious

What all of these bad habits have in common is that you don’t notice yourself doing them, or wanting to. In other words, you don’t consciously go through the thought process of telling yourself to do it. Instead, you find yourself pulling or twisting your hair. You’re not fully aware of what you’re doing until you’ve pulled it out. It’s your subconscious taking charge.

Similarly, if you have a nail biting habit, you suddenly find that you are biting your nails without having thought that you’re going to do it. Instead, it just seems to happen without you really noticing, until it’s too late. Or perhaps you suddenly find that a thought pops up. This might be “I really want another biscuit” – when you’re not actually hungry. In fact you’re trying to lose weight and eat healthily. The thought just seems to come from nowhere. Bad habits are things that you find yourself doing or thinking when in fact you really want NOT to do or think them.

Hair Pulling – Trichotillomania

Hair pulling – or trichotillomania – is the habit which causes you to pull your hair. This might also go as far as pulling your hair out. This can include the hair on your head, eyelashes, eyebrows, body hair or any combination of those. Hair pulling can also occur during sleep; this is called Sleep-Isolated Trichotillomania.

Trichotillomania affects between 1-3% of the population and affects more women than men. Hair pulling usually starts at around 12 years of age. However it can start at any time, and affects all age groups. The effects of pulling vary from unnoticeable, to partial or complete hair-loss. Hair loss has a huge effect on your confidence, self-esteem and quality of life. Perhaps you eat part or all of the hair. Or perhaps you stroke, count, store or fiddle with your hair after you’ve pulled it.

When do bad habits strike? And how do habits start?

Usually, you perform your bad habits when you are feeling anxious, restless, tired, stressed at work. Or you might indulge your habits when you’re too busy, fed up, or trying to concentrate.

You use bad habits to distract yourself, to take a moment out, to think about fewer than five things at once, to make yourself feel better. Usually it’s very hard to remember exactly when and how a bad habit started. And the chances are that back when it started, you got something out of it. Temporarily, it did make you feel better.

Comfort eating is a good example of this. You’ve had a bad day, and you want something to cheer you up. Chocolate or chips (or whatever your own personal weakness is!) do the trick. You enjoy them and do feel better for a bit. The first time you bite your nails, or pulled your hair, it succeeded in distracting you from whatever it was which was making you stressed or anxious.

Grinding your teeth probably made you feel stronger, more in control, determined to beat whatever problem was bothering you. But as you repeat the habit which made you feel better when you first tried it, it brings its own problems. Comfort eating leads you to put weight on. You’re embarrassed by the way your bitten nails look. You begin to get headaches or earache because of the teeth grinding, or it stops you from sleeping properly.

Your family worry about your health because you smoke. Your scalp hurts and you’re ashamed that patches of hair are missing. The habit becomes more and more of a subconscious action and you don’t even notice you’re doing it. And then it stops having any affect at all. It doesn’t make you feel even a littl bit better. In fact you feel worse.

Hypnosis to stop this cycle

You can stop this cycle. You CAN control your actions, stop nail biting, stop hair pulling, stop smoking, lose weight. Bad habits can be broken. This is where hypnosis is so effective.

How does hypnosis break bad habits?

Hypnosis can be described as focused concentration and deep relaxation. Rather than subconciously indulging your bad habit, hypnosis makes you become very mindful of what you are doing. This means you notice your hand reaching towards your mouth, or towards the plate of biscuits. You’re very aware that you’re clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, or hair pulling, rather than just automatically doing it. Your bad habit is subconscious so you don’t even think about it or make a choice to do it. So no wonder it is hard to control it! Hypnosis makes you aware of what you are doing.

Even your thoughts can be habits

It is much easier to stop something when you become fully aware that you are doing it. And when you find yourself habitually thinking something, hypnosis enables you to replace this thought with thoughts which are more helpful. “I’ve got to have chocolate NOW” becomes “Yes, I want chocolate now, but not as much as I want to lose weight” “The taste of chocolate lasts only a few seconds. My weight and appearance affect me for the other 18 hours a day I’m awake!”

Hypnosis reduces stress and anxiety to break bad habits

We’ll give you specific suggestions in hypnosis to help you break your habit. In addition the very deep state of relaxation which hypnosis gives means that you’ll be less anxious generally. So you’ll be less likely to develop the state of anxiety which leads to your carrying our your bad habit, too. Hypnosis helps you feel calmer and more relaxed. It allows you to manage stress, to feel more in control of your actions and much more aware of them. It enables you to replace your bad habits with more positive responses.

How quickly does hypnosis break bad habits?

You may notice the change very quickly – after just one session of hypnosis. Not everyone can break their habit so quickly, however. It depends on the reasons you started in the first place. Whether or not you are anxious generally is also important. Your level of motivation to stop hair pulling, nail bitingteeth grinding, or any other habit plays a big part too.

Because everyone makes progress at a different speed, you should beware of any hypnotherapist who promises instant success. Hypnosis is not one size fits all. What works for one individual may not work for another. If someone absolutely guarantees that they can cure you in one session, the likelihood is that they are just desperate for your business.

Qualified and Registered Hypnotherapists

Look for a properly qualified and registered hypnotherapist. A reputable hypnotherapist will be happy to meet with you without charge. They’ll get to know you and the background of your problem, and make sure that you feel comfortable with them and their approach. They will be honest with you about how long the process is likely to take.

If you choose to come here to Manchester Hypnotherapy you will be given downloads to listen to, to help you to relax. Breaking bad habits is a process. You may get instant results, of course, but equally it may take some time. Hypnosis gives you the relaxation and peace of mind to be patient with yourself for as long as it takes to stop your habit completely. The deep state of relaxation which you experience whilst in hypnosis lets you feel better, less stressed and more in control. WITHOUT resorting to the bad habit.

What kind of bad habit can hypnosis stop?

If you’ve got to the stage where you really want to break any bad habit, then hypnosis will help you to stop it for good. Hypnosis helps you to break the cycle of stress and anxiety which often cause bad habits to form, so that not only will you finish your treatment habit free, you will also feel generally calmer and more relaxed.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy in Manchester

The therapists at this south Manchester hypnotherapy clinic are the UK’s top independently rated therapists in anxiety and phobia treatment. If you are looking for hypnotherapists in south Manchester to help with anxiety, claustrophobiaemotional problems such as jealousy and insecurity, then please contact us.

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