We develop patterns to help us negotiate everyday life. Sometimes the patterns are good - maybe we read before bed, maybe it's daily meditation, a daily walk.
We get into trouble when the pattern is not benign or positive but rather negative and even destructive. Patterns such as using tobacco, eating the wrong things at the wrong time, gambling, harmful sexual behavior, grinding teeth, picking our skin, or pulling our hair out, just to name a few. These patterns start when we feel uneasy, stressed, anxious, or uncertain. These patterns can start when we are traumatized or hurt.
Hypnosis can help identify and interrupt negative patterns. Once you have identified the negative pattern, you are armed with powerful information that helps you regain control of your life. You can design new patterns that re constructive, helpful positive and support you. If you are tired of the same old destructive patterns in your life, taking back control is much easier than you think and hypnosis can help.
Next time you see yourself engaging in a bad pattern take these simple steps to create more awareness and control:
1. Notice the negative pattern (you going to the fridge well past dinner).
2. Stop yourself - go someplace other than the kitchen instead, try the living room, or your backyard and sit for a few minutes. Ask "Why am I wanting to eat now?". it may take a while to answer that question and if so thats okay. But ask it every time you go to reach for unnecessary food.
3. Set in motion a new, positive pattern. Instead of going to get unneeded food, instead go outside and take three deep breathes, go look at a pretty scene or picture and say a silent prayer, do some push-ups or stretch instead.
Sound easy - well it's not - at first that is. But once you have done it a couple of times, it get's easier
Scott Howard is an NGH certified consulting hypnotist and the President of the Baltimore City Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Scott is dedicated to helping everyday people with everyday problems through hypnosis and life coaching.