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This is where I mostly practice mindfulness, cross legged on my bed. When my skin is awful and I’m not sleeping, my bed can feel like a hostile place and I wanted to change that. I have been seeing the wonderful Caroline @the101plan to help address my stress levels which, I feel, are contributing to my incessant itching and skin flares. For the past week I’ve been starting my day with a visualisation practice and using shorter practices when I’m itchy or between patients at work, especially those consultations with patients which are highly emotional. Before bed, a sleeping meditation using @insight timer has lead me to drop off more easily. Mindfulness is the awareness of the present moment, a state of mind which focusses on breathing and noticing but not judging thoughts and physical sensations. There has been research into the general effects of mindfulness but also into skin disorders in particular. They have been very promising, showing reduced distress and a feeling of better control over skin conditions. My itch is usually fuelled by how stressed I am that day but also I’ve realised that I itch more when I get home from a busy day. I get so disappointed that I can’t stop which fuels negative thinking and a lot of unkind thoughts. It’s not about coming home from work and telling yourself off! The science tells us that during these times, cortisol which is produced by our adrenal glands in response to stress, is super high. Over time, those with chronic itch and inflammation, we develop a poor stress response, i.e. the continued high levels of cortisol in the body, work less effectively. Areas of the brain are activated similar to in those with chronic pain. Inflammatory markers also increase. Mindfulness is a way to address these changes. Regular meditators have lower cortisol than those who don’t – science enough for me to continue these daily practices. Good resources are abundant – Youtube, insight timer etc etc. The skin support website has a practice especially for itch. So I would highly recommend crossing your legs, shutting your eyes and concentrating on your breath, even if you can only find time to do this for a few minutes 💕