In today’s times, we find economic turmoil, an increasing number of people struggling to make ends meet, and a faster paced way of life. All these factors contribute to the increasing counts of people who are “stressed out”. Fortunately, there is an abundance of stress management practices and techniques offered freely by people who have gone from stressed to stress-free. The bad news is that people have gotten used to the fast-paced life, and would like to get that instance miracle stress cure. I have more bad news for those people: there is none.
A lot of techniques have come close to providing permanent relief from stress. These techniques, however, do require a little time for you to learn them. The good thing is that you can kiss stress goodbye for good once you mastered these techniques. Relaxation techniques are simple, as long as you know what relaxes you. You can relax by simply listening to music, playing games, or picking up a hobby. When it comes to the ultimate relaxation experience, you can try meditation.
Meditation has long overshadowed another useful stress management tool: hypnosis. Both involve going into a trance to induce that feeling relaxation. While there is no such thing as meditation hypnosis for stress, one can be performed to boost the other. Before we go into that, let’s take a closer look at both.
Meditation: Meditation is suggested to have originated in the multiple-thousand year old spiritual practice called yoga. Truth be told, meditating has been an aspect of various religions – even Christianity meditate to hear that voice from God, which can drive one into a life of ministry. With the westerner’s interpretation of meditation, it’s more on the lines of relaxation. With meditation, you focus on a single idea, shutting out everything else. You can imagine yourself walking in a lush garden or any other serene environment. Combined with breathing techniques, meditation made it as one of the top stress busters.
Hypnosis: Hypnosis involves getting into a trance as well – the kind of trance you get when you are concentrating on a movie, a book, a video game, or while daydreaming. With hypnosis, however, you are more open to suggestions, thus can change your habits for the better. In fact, it has helped people quit smoking drinking, and lose weight.
Meditation and hypnosis have their own “trance” styles. They have one thing in common: relaxation. This is why it’s easy to transition from one practice to another. Changing a few elements in meditation, for instance, can be turned into self-hypnosis. Some people would also use hypnosis to help them relax and ease into the meditative trance more easily. If you haven’t decided yet, try both and see which one relaxes you better.