What does it mean to be healthy? Does it mean looking like a Victoria’s Secret model but having a train wreck of a social life? Does it mean making a lot of money but having no time to eat well or see family? Does it mean feeling happy despite rainy days? Some celebrate inner peace and self-hypnosis. Here’s why you need to give it a try and how to get started:

Improved Health and Inner Peace: Meditation and Self-Hypnosis Leads The Way

Better Sleep

You sleep a third of your life. As in life, some do better than others. Purchasing supreme quality mattresses, making the bedroom a cooler temperature, and listening to soothing sounds are ways to get better sleep. But some swear self-hypnosis allows them to sleep better. It’s known that we do well after eight hours of sleep but the quality of sleep matters more.

Saved Medical Costs

Self-meditation is known to influence medical conditions. Patients with irritable bowel syndrome showed improvement six years after hypnosis treatment. If you compound the cost of medicine and medical treatment over that time, it’s a lot of money saved. Patients started to report signs of improvement after 12 sessions of one-hour therapy treatments.

Eased Pain

Self-meditation has been associated with pregnancy, cancer, and arthritis. With repeated sessions of self-hypnosis, people begin to gain control of their body and its reaction to pain. For example, a pregnant woman can focus on the wonder of childbirth and less on the associated pain. Expectation influences experience. One can literally alter an experience based on perception or ability to focus on positive rather than negative aspects.

Lessened Anxiety

Anxiety is more a state of mind. Sure, doctors can measure blood pressure and pulse rates and understand certain body effects are related to a condition, but those who self-meditate can lessen feelings of anxiety. For example, public speaking takes an amount of courage. While some personalities may find it easier to do, those who meditate can learn to harness the energy of the moment and use it in their favor.

Start Small

Any beginner is top heavy on excitement and paper thin when it comes to skill. Such is a recipe for disappointment. Excitement is great but it’s more practical to start anything new on a smaller scale. So, start trying to meditate for five minutes each day for one or two weeks. If you find that you don’t have the discipline to devote five minutes per day, then you should reconsider if meditation is for you.

Understand a Thoughtless State

Some confuse meditation with wisdom. Wisdom can come from meditation and wise people may meditate but there’s a difference. Meditation is a state of complete mindlessness. You don’t want to be thinking about anything at all. It takes great discipline to identify when the mind wanders and to rid your head of thoughts. Meditation is a ‘flush’ of the mind, a state of peace. You might be thinking that you have to focus on something. If anything, focus on your breathing.

Count Sheep and Imagine Numbers

Your mind will wander. Even those with decades of experience need to keep constant focus. You can do things like count sheep or image numbers in your head. Repeat such images until your mind is totally thoughtless and at peace. Sites like ehypnosis offer helpful resources on self-hypnosis and other meditation techniques.

Use an Alarm

If you’re doing it right, you’ll lose track of time. Use a timer, alarm, or app that helps with meditation. You don’t want a rude awakening but something gentle that alerts your mind that meditation is over. On the contrary, a loud or jolting alarm will interrupt the end of meditation as you anticipate it going off.

Sit with Your Back Straight

Any kind of skin sensation is a distraction. It’s why you don’t want to meditate lying down or amid a big cushy chair. You want to be sitting on the floor with your back straight. Some sit with their legs crossed with arms resting on their knees and palms facing up. Basically, you want to get in a comfortable position yet you want your body as isolated as possible from other things. For example, if you’re sitting on a chair, try not to have your back touching it.

Keep Eyes Open or Shut

Should you keep your eyes open or shut? The answer is whichever makes you feel more relaxed and able to concentrate on breathing. Most people find it easier to meditate with their eyes closed. Others find it easier to clear their mind when their eyes are focused on one thing. Some focus on one part of the floor or wall as they begin to drift into a meditative state.