If you are experiencing stress or anxiety, you should practice variant forms of mindfulness meditation and self-hypnosis-- such as deep breathing techniques. You will find that practicing deep and mindful breathing will help center not only your mind, but also your body's natural function.
Much research has shown that becoming mindful of your breathing helps you to de-stress, even long after your breathing exercise is over.
Although they are both different in nature, deep breathing and self-hypnosis will help you in remaining calm and focused, especially in crucial moments throughout the day. They are especially effective when used in tandem. The best time to do this is before you go to sleep, or early in the morning.
How to Practice Deep Breathing Techniques
According to this article on Oprah.com, most people breathe from their chests-- not fully utilizing the full function of the lungs. What you should actually do is breathe deeply from the belly. This according to psychologist Belisa Vranich, who has researched deep breathing techniques extensively.
Web MD has this wonderful instructional piece on how to unwind your body through mindful relaxation and deep breathing techniques. In summary, be sure to take deep breaths by filling your stomach and reducing frequency in between those deep breaths. There is no cause for concern if you feel slightly light-headed.
Soon enough, you'll have a refreshed sense a relaxation. Both your muscle and your mind will be de-tensed.
Hypnosis can help you in achieving these kind of breathing exercises more successfully and with less effort. The reason happens is because the first step of the hypnotic state is achieving deep relaxation, and shifting attention to deep breathing can help you achieve a better result.
To practice self-hypnosis, think about a goal or mindset you want to enter into. For example, if you feel stressed at work, or you have a nagging pain, tell yourself, "there's no need to worry," or "feel yourself getting calm," or "you have full control over yourself."
Sometimes it would be best to seek out a one-on-one session with a hypnotherapist close to you. Most practitioners in our field can provide you with a recording of your session to take home and experience again on your own time.