Self-Hypnosis Step By Step to Eliminate Cravings (Sugar, Alcohol, Cigarettes)

Have you ever had the desire for something, like a craving, and felt like there was a part of you outside your control that made you want something? It could be anything. Another drink. A cigarette. Some delicious looking dessert you would rather not have yet find yourself reaching for.

One way to think of that is that there is an unconscious process going on in your mind. Consciously, you may not want to do that activity, like grabbing another drink from the fridge, or to have that craving. However, your unconscious has that process running automatically. That process likely has or had some purpose that is for your benefit. That benefit may be to have the pleasure of something delicious, or to relieve stress, or just about anything else. And while that may have some intended positive impact, that process may have either outlived its usefulness, or may be more trouble than it is worth.

In the case of cravings, or even addictions in extreme cases, there is an unconscious process running that fires off a craving or desire letting you know it’s time for the behavior. It is an automatic, unconscious response, and they tend to be hardwired in to run automatically. As such, it happens without you needing to do anything, whether you want it to or not. You can think of it like gears. Somewhere inside your mind your have habits wired in. If everything is lined up, once one gear starts turning everything else turns as well. Unless you stop it, eventually you end up succumbing to the craving.

So how does hypnosis factor into this? One of the things that hypnosis is great for is gaining more control over yourself. It can be used to change the automatic response, neutralize the triggers, or otherwise wire in some other response. That differing response can take many forms. It can be something like curbing your desire for sweets, relieving stress that leads to bad habits, or even a suggestion to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n, and enjoy, I mean REALLY enjoy those things so that smaller servings become more satisfying. That stops the process from resulting in your unwanted behavior. There are many to approach this, so it is important to find the way that works best for you!

Outside of formal hypnosis, another thing that you can do is what’s called a pattern interrupt. In fact, as you read this, there is a simple yet powerful technique you can do to practice this. If you want to use this to curb a craving or partake less (whether that’s snack food, limiting alcohol, or to quit smoking), revisit this the next time you have a craving. For now, here’s the process:

Self-Hypnosis Step By Step

Step One: Think of something that you want to change, or simply a stressful situation.

Step Two: Locate it (on your body) and give it a number. This may sound weird, however notice where the feeling begins inside your body. If you’re not sure, just guess where it lives, and use your first intuition.* Then give it a number from 1 to 10 where 1 is no discernable craving or emotion and 10 is as strong as you can imagine.

Step Three: Go into Peripheral Vision. For this, get comfortable. Perhaps imagine you’re on a beach and the waves are gently crashing into the shore, like in the picture below. It doesn’t matter so long as you allow your self to get comfortable, really comfortable.

Step Four:
Then pick a spot on a wall or on the computer (preferably above eye level) and stare at that spot. If your eyes wander, that’s fine, just return them to that spot. Even as you stare at that spot, or perhaps even as you read this, you can keep your eyes fixated on that spot or these words, and yet begin to become aware of the space around you. So while you keep your eyes on that spot, you can begin to notice the walls around you and where they meet the ceiling and floor (or if you are reading this outside, then perhaps the space to the sides). You can take a moment, even as you continue keeping your eyes fixated straight ahead, and notice the space between you and that spot, or even become increasingly aware of all the space around you. If you would like, you can take a moment and close your eyes and allow your attention to focus on anything in that space that captures your attention, or focus on things outside of your room or immediate space.
Step Five: Return to the room. Slowly return your awareness back to that spot where you have been staring.

Step Six: Now, move your attention to where that craving or unwanted emotion was. Try and access it and notice what’s different, and where it is on a scale from 1 to 10.

What tends to happen is this tends to interrupt the unconscious pattern. As such, this can allow you to reset your emotions and can help to quash cravings. This can be useful to allow you to decide, consciously, if you want to partake in the activity you had the urge to do. If you still have any remaining urge (in other words, if you have not gotten it down to a 1 where there is no desire toward the activity), then you can repeat this as needed.

While this is one tool, hypnosis can be used to address a wider range of issues. Hypnosis can help you combat cravings or change your unconscious response. It can resolve underlying issues or triggers that may be contributing to the cravings or urges. Beyond that, it can help you to change the behavior and ultimately achieve your goals.

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Your first intuition is your unconscious’ response, which is what you want. What comes after that is your conscious response, which is what we don’t want for this.F

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