How Hypnotherapy Can Help You Break Bad Habits

written by: Adreanna Santos     |     September 18, 2023

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We all have those pesky bad habits we wish we could break, right?

Whether it's the late-night snack attacks, procrastinating on tasks, or the nail-biting that just won't quit, trying to break bad habits can feel like an uphill battle.

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But don't worry, because there's a fascinating tool that might just give us the upper hand: hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is quickly becoming a popular tool to break bad habits and keep them gone for good.

In this post, we're diving into how hypnotherapy can be a game-changer in the quest to finally bid farewell to those not-so-great habits. We'll also provide some helpful tips for finding a qualified hypnotherapist and getting the most out of your sessions.

So if you're looking to break free from your bad habits, read on!

Understanding Hypnotherapy

Before we jump in, let's clear the air on what hypnotherapy is all about. No, it's not a magician's trick or mind control.

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnotic suggestion to help people make positive changes in their thoughts, feelings, and behavior. It works by tapping into the subconscious mind — the part of your brain responsible for automatic behaviors like habits — and helping you access the root causes of those behaviors.

It's a bit like rewiring your brain – without the need for a toolkit!

Common misconceptions about hypnosis include the idea that you will lose control or get stuck in a trance, but this isn't the case. Hypnotherapy is actually quite safe and non-invasive – nothing more than a guided meditation process. Most importantly, it involves no drugs or medications, so there are no harmful side effects to worry about.

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The Psychology of Habits

We all have habits—some good, some bad. Understanding the psychology of habit formation can help us to better understand why breaking them is so difficult and how we can use hypnotherapy as a tool for making lasting changes.

To start, let's take a look at the "habit loop." This concept was developed by Charles Duhigg in his book The Power of Habit and it explains how habits are formed.

Our brains are wired to follow a habit loop: a cue (the trigger for the habit), a routine (the behavior itself), and a reward (the benefit or motivation to continue the behavior).

For example, if you're in the habit of biting your nails, your cue might be feeling anxious or stressed. The routine is then biting your nails, and the reward is feeling less anxious. With enough repetition, this behavior becomes ingrained in the neural pathways of your brain and it feels difficult to break free from it – even if you know you should.

It's like a well-worn path in a forest – hard to deviate from. But here's where hypnotherapy steps in. It delves deep into that forest, finds those hidden paths, and plants new signs that lead to better destinations.

Hypnotherapy: A Path to Habit Transformation

Imagine you've got a garden full of weeds (those bad habits) that you want to replace with beautiful flowers (positive behaviors). Hypnotherapy is like having a skilled gardener who knows just how to uproot those weeds and plant the seeds of change. It helps you get to the root causes of your habits and replaces them with new, healthier routines.

So how can hypnotherapy help us break these habits?

Through accessing our subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can help us reprogram our thought patterns and instill new behaviors in place of the old. It helps us to identify and address the root causes of our habits, as well as connect with our motivations for changing them.

Hypnotherapy has proven to be an effective tool for tackling a wide range of bad habits including smoking cessation, weight management, stress and anxiety management, procrastination, nail-biting, and other nervous habits.

It's a non-invasive approach that can provide holistic personal growth beyond simply breaking bad habits.

Specific Habits Addressed by Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can help with so many different habits, but here are the most common:

  • Smoking: Hypnotherapy can help break the habit by addressing the subconscious mind and changing the way it perceives smoking. Hypnotherapy is 3x more effective than nicotine gum and 5x more effective than willpower alone
  • Overeating: Hypnotherapy can change your relationship with food, helping you to eat mindfully and respect your body's signals of fullness.
  • Nail Biting: By identifying triggers and developing coping mechanisms, hypnotherapy can help break this nervous habit.
  • Alcohol Dependence: Hypnotherapy can aid in overcoming the psychological addiction to alcohol.
  • Procrastination: Through hypnotherapy, you can develop better time management habits and a more proactive mindset.
  • Insomnia: By addressing issues like anxiety and stress, hypnotherapy can help establish healthier sleep patterns.
  • Negative Thinking: Hypnotherapy can help shift your mindset from negativity to positivity, breaking the cycle of self-defeating thoughts.
  • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism): Hypnotherapy can help relax the jaw muscles and reduce stress, which are common causes of teeth grinding. Studies have shown that people who used hypnosis to help with their teeth grinding saw the effects last longer than 5 years
  • Phobias: Whether it's fear of spiders, flying, or heights, hypnotherapy can help break the negative association and reduce the fear response.
  • Compulsive Lying: Hypnotherapy can help address the underlying issues that lead to compulsive lying and promote honesty.

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Habits you can change with hypnotherapy

The Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can provide many powerful benefits, including:

  • Increased self-awareness and understanding of the underlying causes of your habits.
  • Improved ability to relax and cope with stress.
  • Enhanced focus and concentration.
  • Greater motivation and confidence in achieving your goals.
  • Improved ability to make positive changes in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

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Finding a Qualified Hypnotherapist

If you're interested in exploring hypnotherapy to help break bad habits, the first step is to find a qualified hypnotherapist. I recommend doing some research to find one with relevant credentials and experience in the area of habit transformation.

It's also a good idea to ask for referrals from friends, family, or colleagues who have had successful experiences working with hypnotherapists.

What to Expect in a Hypnotherapy Session

So what can you expect during your hypnotherapy session?

Before the session, you may be asked to discuss your goals and provide some background information about yourself. The hypnotherapist will then tailor the sessions to meet your specific needs and use a variety of techniques designed to help you access the underlying causes of unwanted behaviors.

During the session, you'll be asked to relax in a comfortable position and focus on the hypnotherapist's words. He or she will use a variety of methods to access your subconscious mind, including guided imagery, visualization, and positive affirmations.

The goal is for you to become increasingly relaxed throughout the session so that you can access those deeper emotional states where lasting change can occur.

It's like taking a mental spa day. And don't worry, you won't start clucking like a chicken or reveal your deepest secrets. You're always in the driver's seat.

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Tips for Maximizing Hypnotherapy Sessions

  • Set realistic goals. Before you go into your session, it's important to have a clear idea of what you want to get out of the experience. Be honest with yourself and set realistic goals that you can work towards during your sessions.
  • Be open-minded. When entering hypnotherapy, you may find yourself feeling anxious or unsure — and that's okay. It's important to be open-minded throughout the process, even if you don't understand or agree with what is being said.
  • Follow through with homework assignments. Your hypnotherapist may give you homework assignments to do between sessions — follow through with these! They are designed to help bolster your success in breaking bad habits and should be taken seriously.

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Combining Hypnotherapy with Self-Determination

Hypnotherapy sets the stage, but you're the star of the show. It's like learning to ride a bike with training wheels. Those wheels might keep you steady, but you've got to pedal yourself forward.

Hypnotherapy can provide you with tools, insights, and that extra boost of motivation, but it's your legs that need to pedal.

Think of it as a partnership. Your hypnotherapist is like a coach on the sidelines, offering guidance and support. They can't pedal the bike for you, but they can teach you the techniques to ride smoothly. Your determination is the fuel that keeps you moving forward, even when the road gets bumpy.

Now, let's be real – kicking a bad habit isn't always a walk in the park. There might be days when you stumble, and that's okay. It's all part of the journey. Just remember, even if you fall off the bike, you can get back on and keep going.

But why is self-determination so important? Well, it's what turns temporary change into a lasting transformation. Hypnotherapy can help break the chains of habit, but it's your determination that forges the path to a new you. It's like building a castle – each brick of determination lays the foundation for a stronger, healthier version of yourself.

So, how do you harness that determination?

Start by setting clear goals. Imagine you're planning a road trip. You need a map to know where you're headed. Similarly, having a clear destination in mind gives your determination a purpose. Break down your big goal into smaller milestones. It's like reaching pit stops on your road trip – each one brings you closer to your destination.

And let's not forget the power of positivity. Keep a journal of your progress, celebrating each victory – no matter how small. It's like collecting souvenirs along your journey. Those little victories are reminders of how far you've come, and they fuel your determination to keep going.

Remember, you're not alone on this journey. Your hypnotherapist is there to guide you, your determination is your compass, and the road ahead is waiting for your footsteps.

So, saddle up, my determined friend. With the right mix of hypnotherapy and your unyielding determination, you've got this – one pedal at a time.


Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for breaking free from bad habits and creating lasting change in your life. With the help of a qualified hypnotherapist, you can gain greater insight into the psychological basis of your habits and begin the journey towards transformation.

Hypnosis can be a safe and effective way to access the unconscious mind and create lasting change in your life. Whether you're trying to quit smoking, lose weight, or simply break an old habit that no longer serves you, hypnotherapy can help you take back control and make positive changes in your behavior. If you're looking for a powerful tool for lasting transformation, hypnotherapy may be the perfect choice.

Are you ready to make a change?

Take the first step today by setting up a session with me. I am a certified hypnotherapist, and I can help you gain greater insight into the underlying causes of your behaviors and begin working towards lasting transformation.

With dedication and commitment, you can make meaningful progress and break free from bad habits once and for all!

Start taking action today and experience the power of hypnotherapy firsthand. Book a session here!

I’m an expert at subconscious reprogramming, a nerd when it comes to human behavior, and my obsession is teaching others how to be their best selves (without all of the resistance and self-sabotage).

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