Chapter 4: Eczema and Meditation
Meditation is centuries old and has been a helpful, natural way to fight mental health issues. People have found that by controlling the mind through meditation they are better able to deal with skin conditions like eczema.
Eczema and anxiety/depression seem like they are interconnected, but it’s hard to say whether eczema causes anxiety or depression which in turn causes eczema or if it’s the other way around. But there is an undeniably strong correlation.
Fifteen minutes of meditation a day can help to improve the connection between your mind and your body. Sit in a comfortable spot and close your eyes. Breathe deeply and slowly, then let it go.
Try to focus on each breath. The more you follow the breathing, the more peaceful you will feel. When your mind wanders, bring it back into focus.
Researchers have studied the brain and found a correlation between the prefrontal cortex and healing from anxiety quicker. They found an increase in activity on the left prefrontal output, which helped patients heal much more quickly.
Scientists have concluded that communication between the brain and skin can be important for good skin health.
Here’s a meditation to relieve itchy skin. You can record and listen as you meditate for maximum benefits. Regular practice will show great improvements on your skin.
Whenever I breathe, I am grateful for my body. I respect and care for it by ensuring that it is free from all sources of stress or tension.
I relieve myself of all the anxiety that is in my body and skin.
I have learnt to be at peace with my body.
I give permission to my body to deal with and process my thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
It’s important to give my skin some time to rest and rejuvenate from time to time, so today I have given it a lot of permission.
I take responsibility for my skin
I take full responsibility for my insecurities.
I’m so happy to let go of any anger that is on my skin and just soak in some love.
I give my skin its own permission to clean my body of irritants.
I purified my heart of all anger and shame
I’m grateful for the emotions I have. They help me shape my life and bring me joy and happiness.
I give my skin a break, and say that it can feel as confident in itself as I am
I give myself permission to continue improving my life in the future.
I give myself permission to clear communication
I am responsible for my pain and allow myself to be free of it by simply imagining that it is not there.
I’m starting to feel more accepting of who I really am and that’s a good thing.
I am aware of any emotions that could be angering me deep down and accept them by releasing them.
I’m a strong person, and I refuse to let other people get to me.
I am practicing my skills with expressing myself better
I am trying to do my best not to jump to conclusions.
I appreciate and recognize my needs
I am learning to love myself.
I am learning not to let my skin hold me back.
I care for my skin in order to nourish it and show gratitude
I am feeling relaxed
I feel at peace with myself.
It’s my job to love myself, no matter what kind of skin I have.
Though I sometimes feel anxious about what the world has in store for me, I will tackle it without fear
I can feel my skin becoming nourished
I can feel my skin becoming healthy.
I love having a clear, fresh complexion and beautiful skin.
I am feeling beautiful.
Yoga for Eczema
Yoga has been around for a long time and has its roots in meditation. Over time, it evolved into an exercise.
Yoga and meditation was shown empirically to have a positive effect on the mind-body connection which can be compromised or out of whack for eczema sufferers.
As an added benefit, Yoga helps promote intense relaxation. This can calm the mind, body and skin. There are a range of meditation techniques which can realign your brain with your skin – they’re all worth try a number of different yoga styles. Adopting any of them can help you reduce your eczema symptoms and promote overall wellness.
Specifically there are poses that place the head under the heart, like Downward Dog, that increase blood flow to the head to reduce red skin patches. Poses with twists help your liver eliminate toxins and prevents much “
Yoga is all about mindfulness. By practicing yoga poses, you can focus less on your sore throat and irritated skin, which makes you feel more calm overall. All that zen then allows your irritated skin to feel refreshed again.
This section will show you how to do a downward dog.
Step 1: Start with your hands and knees on the ground, your hands should be under your shoulders and your knees should be under your hips.
Step 2: Bend your elbows and slowly push them back behind you, trying to keep them as close to the ground as possible. You should feel a stretch in the fronts of both of your legs.
Step 3: Push into the ground with both of your hands and straighten out one leg at a time until they are fully extended behind you, then bend them again.