Reduce stress and ease your pain with some DIY meditation03 Sep 2020
Anxiety and stress are often associated with chronic pain.
Many chronic pain sufferers are now experiencing the added burden that the COVID-19 pandemic brings – dealing with unprecedented new levels of stress and anxiety.
By managing these conditions, sufferers can better manage associated pain.
Mindful hypnotherapy is a helpful and effective way to reduce anxiety, particularly during these difficult times, says author and meditation expert Mark Stephens.
With more than 30 years of hypnotherapy experience, Mr Stephens, wants to help those suffering in these difficult and unprecedented circumstances.
To assist in this process he has developed of the Mindfree app, which features a selection of hypnosis and motivation programs.
Mr Stephens says a combination of meditation and movement is key to keeping anxiety at bay.
This is particularly important amid coronavirus as high levels of stress are proven to weaken one’s immune system.
‘You can view stressful situations differently’
“When you meditate you relax, slow down and step away from the mental overload of everyday life,” he says.
“This allows you to focus on the present so you can view stressful situations differently and release pent up worries.”
With success in helping people lose weight, break habits and reduce stress, Mr Stephens is now keen to help people as they continue to battle the stress caused by COVID-19.
He is even offering free hypnotherapy sessions to help stop people touching their face toward preventing the spread of the virus.
For anyone experiencing stress and anxiety, Stephens recommends the following practices:
Step 1 – Allocate 10-15 minutes to sit back or lie down in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.
Step 2 – Listen to the sounds around you with your eyes closed, but do not name the sounds. Pay attention to how you are feeling and your thoughts without judging or applying a story to them.
Step 3 – Listen to and feel your breath going in and out of your body. Don’t force the breath – just watch, feel or listen to it fall in and out of your body at its own pace and rhythm. Focus your energy and concentration into your breathing.
Step 4 – As you inhale, quietly repeat an affirmation like the word “peace” and, as you exhale, repeat the word “release”. Feel peace flowing in with each breath and allow your body to release any tension as you exhale. Repeat this for several breaths.
Step 5 – As soon as you feel yourself reaching a state of deep relaxation, use your imagination to envision and feel yourself overcoming any challenges or hardships. Mentally visualise yourself achieving your goals and making positive changes in your life.
From the age of eight, Mr Stephens has used meditation to help control his severe asthma attacks.
Throughout his teenage years and twenties, he studied meditation under Chinese teachers, Japanese masters and Tibetan monks.
In 1990, he was given a possible six months to live with a rapidly growing second-stage lymphoma.
He used a variety of eastern healing methods and complimentary treatments combined with the best of western medicine to overcome his health challenges.
With a clean bill of health 30 years later, he inspires people to transform their own lives through his seminars and hypnosis and motivation programs, which can be accessed through his MindFree app.
To learn more about the MindFree app click here