What to do about Neurodermatitis – Its a habit
As the name suggests, Neurodermatitis comes from neuro for nervous system and derma, the Latin word for skin. The condition of the nervous system is highly dependent on our internal thoughts. Being at peace mentally creates the nervous system being at ease as well.
A busy, stressed mind directly impacts the nervous system. Specifically it’s the blood pressure, the bodies defense systems as well as our perception just to mention a few which are impacted.
Most people that I talk to about Neurodermatitis are not aware of the habitual thought patterns that keep the itch-scratch cycle of Neurodermatitis going.
What to do about Neurodermatitis – Thought pattern #1: Trying to figure it out
We are used to figure out things intellectually. And to do so we use the information we have available in our mind or information that we look up to solve a problem. If I ask you what your name is you will know right away because the information is available to your mind.
What happens if you ask your mind for something it does not know? Or for a problem that cannot be solved intellectually?
Your mind will not give you an answer no matter how hard you try. The same is true when you ask yourself the question: “What can I do to end Neurodermatitis?”
There are many theories about it but there is nobody that will be able to give you an answer that will help you find a solution that ends the pain and suffering of Neurodermatitis.
Yet you keep asking your mind over and over again, countless times without ever having an answer.
And, instead of having a useful answer that will give you a break from itching and scratching the opposite happens.
Your mind will become even more agitated, busy and exhausted.
Do you like it if somebody asks you a question you can’t answer? No, most likely not. But that is what you do – all day long.
Who is asking?
It is you who is asking your mind over and over again.
It’s guaranteed to lead to problem #2
What to do about Neurodermatitis – Thought pattern #2: Disapproving of yourself
The mind is very sensitive, it hates being not being able to do its job. To give you information and to solve problems.
It automatically it begins to disapprove when it fails in its job.
Do you even realize the extend to which you are disapproving of your skin, the itch and the pain?
Can you see the frustration and maybe even hate. Most likely you don’t. It’s a very strong habit.
Ask yourself if that negativity helps anybody. Does it help the skin that is already irritated and in pain?
No it doesn’t, its like adding oil to a fire!
And who is doing it?
You are! Now you have a choice.
What to do about Neurodermatitis – Thought pattern #3: Holding in mind what you don’t want
Another useless habit is to hold in mind what you don’t want instead of holding in mind what you want. The mind is the creator of our reality. What you hold in mind is what you get. Do you think about being happy and well or do you hold in mind thoughts of failure, problems and suffering?
What to do about Neurodermatitis – Thought pattern #4: Saying “NO”
I noticed a long time ago, that before the itching starts I get a sense of it before.
And I resist by thinking. “No” or “not again”…
And I also know that like a robot programmed to follow the same routine over and over that I will do what I always do:
- I will lose control and start to scratch until the pain stops the itch.
- I feel a strange sense of satisfaction.
- I feel sorry and guilty for myself and think, I will never do it again.
Maybe you have heard:
“Whatever you resist persists”.
So one day I decided to change that repetitive program by trying something else.
I decided to say YES to the every single thought I had about the itch scratch and to the pain.
Saying yes made me feel better and with practice gave me great relieve and the freedom from the itch-scratch cycle.
That might not make sense to you, but it worked for me.
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