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What are the most Common Bad Habits ?
Bad habits come in all shapes and sizes, and hypnosis is a very effective and powerful treatment for any habit – hair pulling (trichotillomania), nail biting, skin picking, nervous tics (such as twitching or jerking, which tend to occur in the head or neck), teeth grinding, binge drinking, over eating, smoking, spending hours playing computer games on or Facebook when there’s really something else which you should be doing, eating three 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 find yourself doing them, or wanting to do them, subconsciously – in other words, you don’t consciously go through the thought process of telling yourself to do it. You find yourself pulling or twisting your hair, seemingly unaware of what you are doing until you have pulled it out. Similarly, if you have a nail biting habit, you suddenly find that you are biting your nails without having thought “I should put my hand towards my mouth now”. 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 – “I really want another biscuit” – but 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 those things.
Hair Pulling – Trichotillomania
Hair pullng – the medical term is Trichotillomania – refers to a habit which causes you to pull your hair, and for many sufferers this includes pulling the 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, but can start at any time, and affects all ages. The effects of pulling vary from unnoticeable to complete hair-loss, and it can have a huge effect on your confidence, self-esteem and quality of life. Some people eat part or all of the hair, stroke, count, store or fiddle with the hair after pulling.
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, too busy, fed up, or when you are trying to concentrate on something important. 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. Although it’s usually very hard to remember exactly when and how your bad habit started, the chances are that back when it started, you got something out of it; 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 – and 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 head is sore and you are ashamed that patches of hair are missing. And as the habit becomes more and more of a subconscious action and you don’t even notice you’re doing it, it stops having any affect at all – it doesn’t make you feel one bit better. In fact you feel worse. You can stop this cycle. You CAN control your actions, stop nail biting, stop hair pulling, stop smoking, lose weight – you can break your bad habits. 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 – unthinkingly – 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, or that you are clenching your jaw and 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 – no wonder it is hard to control it! Hypnosis makes you aware of what you are doing.
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 – “I’ve really got to have chocolate right now” – hypnosis enables you to override this thought with thoughts which are more accurate, and more useful – “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
As well as the specific suggestions which you will be given whilst in hypnosis to help you break your habit, the very deep state of relaxation which hypnosis gives you means that you are far 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, enables you to manage stress, to feel more in control of your actions and much more aware of them, and to replace your bad habits with a more positive response.
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 will depend on the reasons you started in the first place, whether or not you are anxious generally, how much you really want to stop hair pulling, nail biting, teeth grinding, or whatever your habit is. Because everyone makes progress at a different speed, you should be wary 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. Look for a properly qualified and registered hypnotherapist – a reputable hypnotherapist will be happy to meet with you without charge, in order to get to know you and the background to your problem, and to make sure that you feel comfortable with them and the approach they take. 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 CDs to listen to, to help you to relax and to do self hypnosis. 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.
Self hypnosis to stop bad habits
Ultimately, all hypnosis is self hypnosis – the thoughts which you repeat to yourself. The most important part of learning self hypnosis for many people who want to break bad habits is learning to relax, quickly and easily. Most bad habits develop when you are feeling stressed. Bad habits bring the immediate reward of focusing your mind away from the stressful situation, of distracting you, of making you feel a bit better. But these habits have a downside – the chocolate makes you gain weight, the bitten nails are embarrassing, you feel fed up just because you have the bad habit. The habit isn’t really working any more. 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?
Any type of habit can be stopped. Most commonly treated are hair pulling, nail biting, smoking, over eating, nervous tics such twitching or jerking, skin picking, fidgeting, teeth grinding, drinking too much caffeine, binge eating (usually eating too much of one type of food such as chocolate, chips, cake or biscuits), binge drinking, and swearing – but the hypnosis techniques used for these bad habits, and to help you to lose weight, are the same hypnosis techniques that work to break all bad habits. If you have got to the stage where you really want to break your 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
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