Everyone wants to make a change at some point in their life, but it’s not always easy. Perhaps you want to spend more time with your family, or travel more. Maybe you’d like to drop a few pounds or quit biting your nails. Whatever it is, if it involves a change, it can be quite difficult.
We are creatures of habit
Humans are creature of habit. Our subconscious minds are always seeking out comfort. When our subconscious finds something it considers comfortable it retains it as a quick-go-to whenever it can. For instance, certain foods can be a source of comfort to our subconscious such as, salty or sugary snacks. Activities can also be a source of comfort such as, a television show which entertains us. When we have multiple sources of comfort for our subconscious, each source can be a trigger or craving for another source if they are habitually connected. The way it works is this… If you always eat potato chips when you watch your favorite TV show, the mere act of watching the show will cause a craving for the chips. The reverse can also be true. If you’re eating potato chips, you could crave to watch the TV show.
You can use cravings to your advantage
This phenomenon can be used to your advantage when trying to make a change in your life. If you create an association with the action you want to change that makes the action “non-comfortable” or if you create an association which makes a preferred action enjoyable, it will be easier to adopt a new habit or behavior. For instance, say you want to lose weight, but can’t seem to deny yourself ice cream and you hate to exercise. If you require yourself to exercise the required amount to burn the calories taken in from the ice cream, you will find your desire for the ice cream will diminish in a relatively short time. In the other scenario, if you reward yourself every time you do a desired behavioral change, your subconscious will associate the new behavior as a comfort and it will become a habit.
There may be deep reasons for habits
The thing to realize about any habit is that there are subconscious reasons for its existence in the first place and the conscious mind may not know the subconscious reasons. Let me give you an example of how this can work. I had a client who could not quit smoking. He tried everything, Chantix, the Patch, Nicorette gum, vaping and nothing worked for him. He was a heavy smoker and everything he did seem to give him cravings for a cigarette. During a regressive hypnosis session he was able to release the “real” reasons for his cravings and he became a totally tolerant non-smoker after that single 90 minute session. He couldn’t believe how easy it was for him and how well it worked, but his story is not unusual. Most of my clients have success in their very first session.
If you are trying to make a change in your life, whether it’s to get over an unreasonable fear, or be able to concentrate and focus better, associative actions may help. If you still need help making that change, hypnosis is a safe, relaxing and completely holistic way to easily make that change.
Bill Torgan, C.H.
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