Alex Saxton


Breaking Free – 4 Tips to Break Unwanted Habits

Habits are difficult to break, especially those that have become automatic, ingrained responses to situations and stressors. Nail biting and hair pulling are examples of habits that often go unnoticed until they become excessive or harmful. If you’re tired of feeling embarrassed about your nails or struggling with hair loss due to these habits, it’s time to take action and learn how to break them. In this article, we’ll explore the best way to stop nail biting, how to stop hair pulling, and other unwanted habits, including the use of hypnosis as a powerful tool for reprogramming the mind to release them with ease.

Why do we have unwanted habits?

Habits are natural and normal and they develop for a variety of reasons, including social cues and personal history. In the case of unwanted habits, such as nail biting, hair pulling, binge eating, or smoking they often develop as a way to cope with anxiety, stress, or boredom. These unwanted habits are classified as “body-focused repetitive behaviours,” which often serve as a coping mechanism for controlling emotions like anxiety and frustration. However, these habits can have negative effects on physical and mental well-being if left unchecked.

The Subconscious Mind and Unwanted Habits

Unwanted habits can be difficult to break because they are often stored in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is responsible for automatic processes like breathing and heart rate, as well as habits and beliefs. Habits become programmed into the subconscious mind as a result of repeated thoughts and actions, and they are difficult to change or eliminate unless they are addressed at the subconscious level. This is how using hypnosis is in my opinion the quickest and best way to break unwanted habits.

Using Hypnosis to Break Unwanted Habits

Hypnosis is a powerful tool for reprogramming the subconscious mind and breaking unwanted habits like nail biting and hair pulling. Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and relaxation where the subconscious mind becomes more receptive to positive suggestions and changes. During hypnosis, a clinical hypnotherapist communicates to the subconscious mind through positive suggestions that the unwanted habit is unhelpful and through negotiations can convince the subconscious mind to release the habit in a matter of days or for some a few weeks.

Breaking Unwanted Habits: Tips for Success

In addition to hypnosis, here are several other techniques that can you use to help you break your unwanted habits on your own:

  1. Develop a new habit: To replace your unwanted habit, develop a new, positive habit. For example, if you tend to bite your nails when you’re anxious, try deep breathing or squeezing a stress ball instead.
  1. Reward yourself for success: Reward yourself for successfully breaking your unwanted habit. This could be a massage, a favourite meal or a relaxing vacation.
  1. Seek support: Surround yourself with supportive individuals who will encourage you through the process of breaking your habit and remind you or alert you when you are doing the unwanted habit and not realising it
  1. Be patient and persistent: Breaking an unwanted habit takes time, energy and persistence. Be patient with yourself and know that it’s okay to make mistakes along the way.


Breaking unwanted habits can be a challenging process that requires patience and perseverance. If you struggle to break them on your own I recommend hypnosis which is a powerful tool for reprogramming your subconscious mind and breaking free of these unwanted habits. By working with a qualified clinical hypnotherapist, identifying triggers, developing new habits, seeking support and being patient and persistent, you can successfully break your unwanted habits and improve your physical and mental well-being. Remember, you have the power to overcome your habits and create a healthier, happier life.

If you need further assistance in breaking free of an unwanted habit – reach out to me to hear more about my 1-2-1 hypnosis services where I can help you to overcome this unwanted habit. Here is the link to book a consultation with me: Book Call.

I’m a clinical hypnotherapist with over 15 years experience, and to date I have helped over 100 clients from Poole, Bournemouth, Southampton, Bath, London, Bristol, the United States, and as far afield as New Zealand in reaching their goals. Regardless of where you reside, I am fully equipped to assist you in the same manner so do get in touch if you need my hypnosis help too. Here is the link to my website and here is the link to my calendar if you would like to book a consultation