There’s so much in the news today about the connection between the mind, body and spirit. In my psychotherapy sessions I’ve recently worked with two women that see a strong correlation between periods of anxiety in their lives and stress rash eruptions.
One woman who is works at a computer company and needs to give presentations says she notices it before meetings when people come from out of town. She says it is red blotchy pimples and patches that start on her neck and move to her arms and back area. It seems to be psychological as the bumps calm down a few hours later once the stressful situation passes. It doesn’t sound like hives as it is very short in duration and not always is itchy.
The second client gets hives welts before social situations. It happened on her wedding as well as one of her daughter’s graduation days. She has been working on slowing down her breathing, gaining perspective about her expectations and replacing negative self-statements with positive ones. It was a true triumph for her when meditation assisted her in being calm before a social gathering Christmas week. The mind and body are so inter-related and the more control you can have over your mind and it’s chatter the better your health will be. Give yourself five minutes each day to reflect on what you have gratitude about and how small some of these problems will seem in three months from now that seem huge at the moment. You can incorporate Stress Reduction Tips into situations with co-workers, family and school. It isn’t just something to do on the meditation cushion but to apply in situations where we notice ourselves tightening up due to anger or disappointment. The same thing is true with a gym workout. When you leave the gym, keep that good feeling inside of yourself. Often we feel we need to immediately return to our financial worries, concerns about family tension or another area. Take a longer break and get more familiar with that relaxed feeling inside. Carry that into your reflections and watch if your body tries to tense up again. Then let it relax and keep releasing where in your body you hold the tension.