It’s that time of year when we all start contemplating how we can make the year before us really count. Some people decide to stop smoking or to eat in a healthy way, whilst others may work to change things that negatively affect their lives, like anxiety or depression.
Sticking to New Year resolutions can be hard especially if you are trying to change behaviours that you have had for a great number of years. At the outset of a new year we are full of good intentions, resolve and desire, only to find that our resolve and drive seems to wane in just a few weeks.
If you have a whole string of things that you want to change, it can just be too hard and lead you to fail at all of them. Losing weight is hard enough without adding cutting down on drinking and exercising more at the same time.
When you have several New Year’s resolutions it is critical that you give yourself achievable goals. Be totally realistic with your expectations and decide which is your highest priority, then target that first. It is most likely that success in one area would could help to build your confidence and can motivate you to then pursue further behavioural changes.
The application of hypnotherapy can be really helpful in sticking to New Year’s resolutions. This is because the majority of us use our conscious mind to focus on and achieve a goal. However, deeply embedded negative behaviours are formed and reside in the subconscious part of the mind, which is the part of the mind that hypnotherapy can reach easily. So, while we might be saying to ourselves we don’t want to smoke, or we don’t want to overeat, our subconscious maybe pulling in the opposite direction because it holds some fictitious beliefs that smoking gives you some benefit. And since the subconscious is considered to be far more powerful than the conscious mind, it is pretty important to change those beliefs to be able to succeed.
With hypnotherapy we can utilise techniques that enable you to reach your subconscious and seek out root cause of the negative behaviours that you want to change. When these beliefs are located, the hypnotherapist can help you to make the appropriate changes. So the strength to succeed with New Year’s resolutions then comes from both our conscious and subconscious mind, which is extraordinarily powerful.
So if you want to succeed this New Year and attain your objectives perhaps you might want to consider getting some help from hypnotherapy. This New Year, make sure you have the best chance at succeeding.
Paul Howard from The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy based in Surrey explained why in their view hypnotherapy is extremely effective at helping people make long lasting changes, “It’s important to remember that for most people the reason they smoke is because they hold a whole series of beliefs about why they smoke. Things like it’s a habit they just can’t stop or that they are addicted to nicotine. The fact is that what we have found is that when these fictitious belies are removed they find it really easy to smoke. Just imagine how easy it would be to stop if every time you saw someone smoking your instant thoughts were that of pity.”