Everyone has done this at one time or another. A broom is a common item but any long straight object will do just fine.
Put one end on your open palm with the other end straight up in the air and keep it there by balancing.
This is not very difficult and let me tell you why. The broom is straight and solid. Your efforts at balancing it from the bottom translate straight up to the top so it is quite easy to keep it in the air.
Of course, this is related to hand balancing. However, there are some big differences.
Your body is not just one straight long object. You have mobile joints at your elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. And then there’s your spine which has many moving pieces.
This is not an anatomy lesson. My point is that your efforts of balancing on your hands may not directly translate to keeping your feet in the air.
Your target must be keeping your body from wrists to toes unmoving so that you can balance.
Keeping your body tight is the key to holding a quality handstand. Any leak means getting out of proper position and a much tougher time getting back in.
So stay tight, but don’t forget to breathe.
In the beginning all this is not as easy as it appears, especially when you are in the unfamiliar upside down position. But keep practicing.
When you can keep your body rigid then handstands are a piece of cake.
P.S. For in depth instuctions on how to get into position and hold it check out Professor Paulinetti and Bob Jones’ Book