Like clockwork, ushering in the new year every January 1st brings promises to change certain habits, adopt new ones, and to do better in the new year overall. Depending on what you want, your resolution could involve more exercise, or maybe saving for that trip you’ve been dying to take.
There’s no harm in making new year’s resolutions, of course. But what usually happens is that we tend to rely on sheer willpower to try and make these changes happen. When everyday matters demand more of our attention, we revert to ‘autopilot’. Any conscious changes in habit, then, take a back seat to automatic decisions and actions.
The key here is the word ‘conscious’. Like learning how to ride a bicycle, drive a car, or ride a horse, changing habitual behaviour will take time, especially if the habit is a long-standing one.
Emotional eating is an example of a possible long-standing habit, and one that would make the resolution of losing weight or simply eating healthy a difficult one to keep for long. Reaching for what’s readily available, or eating until uncomfortably full, is a sure-fire way to disregard any diet.
With hypnosis, as well as and it’s therapeutic counterpart hypnotherapy, you can, in fact modify your behaviour so that you’re less likely to reach for food when upset or stressed. At the same time, you can uncover the root cause of your emotional reactions to certain situations.
This way, it won’t take much time or conscious effort before you’re able to change your habits to include health tips for the new year in Adelaide, New York – anywhere you happen to live. So, how does hypnosis help?
1. Awareness. If the underlying cause of your negative emotional reactions is a traumatic past experience, hypnosis can help you revisit the event, without causing you any further trauma. Details that may escape your conscious mind will be clearer, so you have a better picture.
2. Belief. One of the key principles of hypnosis is the use of positive suggestions, with equal emphasis on both. Instead of the phrase “You won’t reach for chips when upset”, for instance, the hypnotist will say “You can choose to go jogging when you feel down.”
Other suggestions will likewise be worded positively, but they are only that – suggestions. If they go against core beliefs, your subconscious mind will simply reject them. Those that are accepted will help modify how you see yourself and your abilities, slowly but steadily.
3. Reinforcement. Speaking of beliefs, hypnosis will also help to not just modify, but also support what you believe about yourself, as well as your reasons for wanting to change. This emphasis on your thoughts, instead of your actions, will help choosing certain actions easier.
Here’s an example of how these three concepts come into play.
You’ve made a resolution to change your sedentary lifestyle and get in shape, and one of your of action plan involves taking a walk every morning before breakfast. However, you run into difficulties because you can’t seem to wake up early enough.
Hypnosis later helps you rediscover your childhood love of watching the sunrise, a habit that you had to set aside because of a move to a new city – a move you didn’t really enjoy.
The hypnotist may make several suggestions, one of them reinforcing your ability to get up early and watch sunrises while you were younger.
With those suggestions in your subconscious, you’ll begin to get up earlier each day, to take your morning walk and be rewarded with a spectacular view of the sun rising. In short, hypnosis addresses subconscious, or habitual actions.
By relying on forced habit instead of willpower, you can keep your healthy lifestyle new year resolution Adelaide for longer, and reap the benefits.