Bad habits come in all sizes and shapes, and hypnosis is very powerful and useful for nail-biting. Nail-biting is a prevalent habit among young kids and adults as well. Biting off nails can be painful, yet nail biters still claim they still cannot get rid of. The good news is hypnosis could be the answer to this habit.
People with nail eating habit suddenly find themselves biting their nails without even thinking twice. These people tend to be unaware of what they are doing.
How does hypnosis help you change bad habits?
You can define hypnosis as deep relaxation and focused concentration. Instead of subconsciously continuing with your bad habit, hypnosis makes the patient extremely mindful of what they are doing. For this reason, you will notice your nails going towards your mouth instead of doing it automatically. Nail eating is subconscious, so you never think about making a choice when you are about to do it- this is why it is hard to control. Through hypnosis, you will be able to know what you are doing.
One technique that most specialists use to help you stop nail-biting is Habit Reversal Training by making suggestions to your brain. For instance, a hypnotherapist can suggest to your mind to make your hands to turn upside down each time you are about to bite your nails. Habit reversal training also involves self-hypnosis.
Stopping a bad habit is easier when you are fully aware of it. Each time you find yourself thinking of doing it, hypnosis helps you overcome this thought. For instance, when you want to eat your nails, your mind will think of the effects of nail-biting.
First, the hypnotherapist will send your mind into a relaxed state.
Since most people bite nails subconsciously, the hypnotherapist can speak to your subconscious mind and make the mind aware of your bad nail-biting habit. After this, the subconscious mind suggests to the conscious mind whether it wants to continue with the biting and damage the nails. A hypnotherapist can use the Anchoring method where the patient’s mind steps outside for a moment and helps you to stop an addictive nail-biting habit.
The final and third stage of hypnosis uses neuro-linguistic programming methods. The specialist will program the patient’s mind to reject the urge to bite nails entirely.
In conclusion, hypnosis for nail-biting has always had positive results in many people. The duration of this method varies from one therapist to another.