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This relaxation script focuses on relieving the symptoms of anxiety in the stomach. Anxiety symptoms in the belly can include nausea, butterflies, pain, tightness, digestive problems, and a general feeling of unease. This script will help to reduce anxiety and relieve these uncomfortable symptoms.
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Begin by getting into a comfortable position. You may want to sit or lie down, with your hands resting in your lap or at your sides.
It is very uncomfortable to experience anxiety in the stomach. The feeling will pass, and soon you will be feeling calm and relaxed. Trust that the discomfort you are experiencing right now is not going to last long.
Anxiety in the stomach can feel uncomfortable…even painful. Some people report a feeling of dread or unease, or feel like their stomachs are jumping.
These symptoms arise because of the fight-or-flight response. Your body is reacting with anxiety and getting ready to fight or run away…but right now, you are not in danger. You are safe, and you will soon feel better.
During this relaxation exercise, I’ll describe focusing on the anxiety, and then focusing on relaxation and distracting yourself from the anxiety. You will alternate between these two areas of focus and find that the anxiety in the stomach goes away.
Let’s start by relaxing a little. Take a deep breath…now breathe out, emptying your lungs completely.
Breathe in slowly…and out slowly.
Breathe in…and out.
Keep breathing slowly like this…calm, gentle breaths.
You can relax your muscles by first tightening a muscle group, and then relaxing the muscles.
Raise your shoulders toward your ears. Then, let your shoulders relax…dropping into a comfortable, loose position, and feel yourself sinking into the surface you are on.
Allow your jaw to drop slightly, letting the muscles of your face and jaw become loose and relaxed.
Wiggle your toes once or twice and feel your feet and legs relaxing.
Gently open and close your hands once… and again…close your hands into fists…holding tension in your muscles…and then release, relaxing your hands and arms.
Take a deep breath in, feeling the tension in your chest and stomach as you hold that breath…
And allow your chest and stomach to relax as the breath escapes slowly.
Allow the muscles of your back to relax…from your neck…to your upper back…middle back…lower back…feeling your whole body relaxing.
Notice any areas of tension in your body, and relax those areas now.
Your body will continue to relax…deeper and deeper…loose…heavy…relaxed.
Now that you are beginning to become more relaxed, and your muscles are letting go of tension, let’s focus for a moment on the anxiety in the stomach.
Concentrate your attention on your stomach, and notice in detail what the anxiety feels like. Is it painful? Does it feel like butterflies in your stomach? Maybe it is a feeling of discomfort or fear. Notice what the anxiety feels like. Think of all the words you can to describe it.
In your mind, describe the anxiety.
Well done. Now you can relax again, and think of other things. Distract yourself by noticing your breathing. Count silently with me, breathing in to the count of 4, holding for a count of 3, and breathing out to the count of 5.
Breathe in…hold…breathe out…
Breathe in…and out…
Keep breathing slowly like this, focusing on breathing in relaxation, and breathing out tension.
Feel the tension leaving your body, bit by bit, with each breath.
Concentrate again on the feeling of anxiety in the stomach. Has it changed in any way? Describe in your mind how the anxiety in the stomach feels now.
Now you can use a powerful technique to get rid of the anxiety in the stomach. It seems like the opposite of what you want to do, but trust that this technique will relieve anxiety in the stomach. I’ll talk you through it.
Concentrate on the anxiety. Allow yourself to experience the anxiety, without fighting it…without resisting it. Just go with the anxiety. Imagine that you are floating…just relaxing, and going where the current takes you. You are safe, even though this feels scary.
See that when you do not resist the anxiety, it cannot grow. In fact, the anxiety gets weaker. This thing you were fighting, that seemed so strong, is not strong at all. You are so much stronger than the feeling of anxiety. Relax into the anxiety, allowing yourself to experience the feelings you were resisting.
You are doing fine. Keep relaxing into the anxiety, not fighting it…just floating. No resistance. Relaxing…
Continue to focus on the anxiety in the stomach. What I’m about to ask you to do may seem strange, but you only need to try it for a few moments. See if you can intensify the symptoms you experience. That’s right – try to make the anxiety in the stomach get bigger. You are stronger than the anxiety, however big it may be. I’ll be here to talk to you though it…and you will be okay. This will not hurt you, and I’ll help you relax when it’s all done. Let’s try it.
If you feel butterflies in your stomach, see if you can feel even more butterflies. If you feel tightness, make your stomach clench even tighter. If you feel nauseated, see if you can make the feeling of nausea grow even bigger. If you feel fear or heaviness, see if you can enlarge that feeling and make it even stronger.
Make the anxiety in the stomach bigger…as big as you can.
You may notice that nothing is happening…the anxiety isn’t getting any bigger. In fact…it’s getting smaller. Smaller and smaller…the harder you try to increase the feeling of anxiety in the stomach, the more it retreats from you…shrinking away.
It’s like facing a monster to find out it is not a monster at all. It is a cartoon picture of a monster, and it can’t hurt you. It seems funny…comical…not in any way threatening.
Feel the last bits of anxiety disappearing…and just allow it to do so. Just relax into this new feeling of mastery, this new feeling of calm. You faced the anxiety…and it did not hurt you. You went with the feeling…and it went away.
Feel a pleasant sensation in your stomach…it feels like a laugh…ready to come forward. A feeling of happiness…lightness…and joy.
You feel so free…so relaxed. You have conquered the feeling you were experiencing. Your stomach feels great.
Take a deep breath…and let it out with a sigh.
You did it.
Just relax…congratulating yourself for getting through this.
Whenever you feel anxiety in the stomach in the future, you know now that it cannot hurt you. You know how to go with the anxious feelings, without resisting, until they pass. It’s like riding a wave. You know what to do.
Take a few moments now to reawaken your body and mind, returning to your usual level of alertness and awareness.
Stretch if you want to…getting ready to return to your day.
Sit quietly with your eyes open, reorienting yourself to your surroundings.
When you feel awake and alert, you can face the hours ahead, feeling confident and calm.
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Prayers for healing can illustrate firsthand the incredible power of prayer. Through prayer for the sick and poor in health, we can find comfort in the most trying of times. Use these prayers, and keep them in your heart so they can remind you of God’s nearness.
The following prayers have been curated by pastors and clergy, while some come from rare, out-of-print prayer books.
God has been in the business of answering prayers for healing for a long time. Use these prayers as examples, and submit your own public prayer request at the bottom of this page.
- 1 Renew My Mind, Body and Soul
- 2 To Heal a Friend
- 3 A Prayer for Healing a Loved One
- 4 A Prayer to Jesus for Healing
- 5 A Prayer Against Disease
- 6 My Lighthouse of Hope
- 7 A Prayer for Doctor’s Wisdom
- 8 A Prayer to Ease Pain
- 9 What does the Bible say about healing?
- 10 Prayer Request: Post Your Own “Prayers for Healing”
- 11 Recent prayer requests…
Renew My Mind, Body and Soul
Lord, I come before you today in need of your healing hand.
In you all things are possible. Hold my heart within yours, and renew my mind, body, and soul.
I am lost, but I come to you with grace.
You gave us life, and you also give us the gift of
infinite joy. Give me the strength to move forward on the path you’ve laid out for me.
Guide me towards better health, and give me the wisdom to identify those you’ve placed
around me to help me get better.
In your name I pray, Amen.
To Heal a Friend
Think, o God, of our friend who is ill, whom we now commend to Your compassionate regard.
Comfort him upon his sickbed, and ease his suffering. We beg for deliverance, and submit
that no healing is too hard for the Lord, if it be His will.
We therefore pray that You bless our friend with Your loving care, renew his strength,
and heal what ails him in Your loving name.
Thank You, Lord.
A Prayer for Healing a Loved One
All our times are in Thy hand.
All diseases come at Thy call, and go at Thy bidding.
Thou redeemest our life from destruction, and crownest us with loving kindness and tender mercies.
We bless Thee, that Thou hast heard prayer, and commanded deliverances for our friend and
Thy servant, who has been under Thine afflicting hand.
He (or she) was brought low, but Thou hast helped him (her).
May he (she) not only live, but declare the works of the Lord!
As Thou hast delivered his eyes from tears, his feet from falling, and his soul from death,
may he daily inquire:What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me,and
resolve to offer unto Thee the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and to call upon the name of the Lord.
May we ever remember that recovery is only a reprieve and
that some day we will go to our rest in the Lord.
May we therefore secure the righteous path and live with eternity ever in our view.
A Prayer to Jesus for Healing
Dear Lord, You are the Just judge, Holy and True. You are the Most High God. You give us life.
You hold all power in your hands.
You are the Mighty one from God who carries the world, and is ruler over all the earth.
You Oh Most Blessed One are the giver of life. In you are only good things.
In you is mercy and love. In you is healing of the nations.
In you is freedom of worry and freedom of pain.
Lord Almighty, You loved us so much. You were sent from your Father,
sent to save us from destruction. We truly can never make it to Heaven without the help of Jesus the Son,
who was sent to earth to help us.
You, Lord are full of mercy and grace, please forgive us for our faults.
Lord Jesus, in you all healing is performed. You Lord are the miracle worker.
In your Spirit, your gift of healing is alive. In you Lord we can put our trust that you can heal us,
and protect us from the enemy, and death of our soul.
You, Lord are miracle worker for the sick, and for the lost souls.
You, Lord forgive us and save us from condemnation. You cleanse us and make us born again new.
You give us a clean heart full of peace. You Lord are the Light.
In You is all truth. Your way Lord is the way to Heavenly Hope.
Your hands Lord created the universe. You Lord are the True giver of Life.
Every child is a miracle of Life. Life rests in Your Hands.
Wrap us as a close knit family, draw us near to you Lord, and bind us with your Loving Hands.
Let us be drawn closer to You. You are the Vine, dear Lord and we are the branches.
You carry all knowledge and all power. You Lord are our medicine. Your Words Lord are Truth and Life.
Help us put our trust in You. You Lord are the greatest physician.
You heal, You protect, You care, You love, You are kind, You are patient,
You are thoughtful, You are strength. You Lord are our Creator.
You know our thoughts, our sighings and our cryings and every hair on our head.
You are Wonderful and make all good things for us. Heal us Lord, if it be Your will.
A Prayer Against Disease
Lord, Your scripture says that you heal all diseases and whoever believes in You will not perish but have an everlasting life. Strengthen me, Lord, in this time of illness. Sustain him as he lays sick in his bed. When You were on Earth, you did all things good and healed all kinds of sickness.
You healed those who had diseases. You died and rose for our sins and that we may have eternal life, Lord. I believe in my heart that You are here with us today and that with Your most holy power will remove all sicknesses and evils that roam the earth. Let it be done in Your glory, Lord.
We praise and glorify Your name, Amen.
My Lighthouse of Hope
Most gracious and loving Father, I want to thank You for all the blessings Youve given me, my family and friends and all those I hold dear.
Thank You Lord for giving me another day to see the beauty of your creations. You know the state of crisis that I am in now Lord. I want to be of use again to You, Lord. In the time of my hospitalization, You Lord remain as my rock and my anchor.
You stand as my lighthouse giving me hope. I pray Lord that you will heal me soon.
In Jesus name, Amen.
A Prayer for Doctor’s Wisdom
Dear Lord, Guide my doctor’s hands and give him wisdom.
Show him the way and help him to heal me.
I put my faith in you and the medical professionals that you have brought to me.
A Prayer to Ease Pain
Almighty Father, Thank you for your love, grace and mercy. I pray that my discomforts will turn to comforts, my pains to gains, my deprivation to more blessings, my losses to profits, my tear to smiles, my sorrows to pleasures, my illness to wellness, my debts to credits and my dreams to realities.
As the scripture said “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” And he “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
I trust in you Lord and in you alone to heal me with any form of skepticism towards blessing that you will be employed upon me. I trust, Lord, that this agony and suffering that is only in my head, will come to end and positivism will shine upon me as I read, hear, study and preach the truth in the Bible.
What does the Bible say about healing?
“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.”
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospelof the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”
“And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spoke unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.”
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous man is effective and has great strength.”
Often times, it is good to look towards the scriptures for truth and understanding of this world. Click here to read more Bible verses about Healing or Life.
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I have just been treated with Amoxicillin, Flagy, and Prilosec for gastritis. At the same time I took (as directed) 2 iron pills a day. After suffering for 3 months I realized that the iron pills were continuing the gastritis and not allowing it to heal. I quit the iron pills and now need to quit the 2x Prilosec. How do I get off these meds and undo the damage from the high iron? I blame all these for weird, scary symptoms lately such as hair loss, skin peeling, purpura and assorted pains. Thank you for any suggestions.
Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining. This often relaxes the muscle sphincter between the stomach and the esophagus to cause reflux of stomach acid contents into the esophagus, which is painful and harmful. I presume the Amoxicillin and Flagyl were given for either stomach ulcers or suspicion of H. pylori in the stomach.
Iron is an irritant to the stomach lining, and will perpetuate gastritis as you have correctly guessed. For those who need iron, oral administration is the best way to do it. In your case, let’s get the stomach healed before you try it again.
Prilosec stops the production of acid in the stomach, which theoretically decreases that irritant. But it also will not let food (especially meat proteins) be properly digested. Meat proteins are also an irritant to the stomach lining. In fact, sometimes Prilosec is given when there is not enough acid to begin with, and taking it makes the problem worse.
Here are some tips soothe the stomach lining and facilitate healing:
- 1. drink lots of water, at least 6 to 10 cups per day
- 2. try aloe vera
- 3. coat the esophagus and stomach with a soothing oil. We use vitamin E oil in my practice, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon several times each day
- 4. try mastic gum
- 5. DGL (deglycyrrizinated licorice) wafers will coat the stomach lining and improve ulcer healing (you can get these at a health food store)
- 6. try to identify foods (sometimes excessive carbs or meats) that trigger the gastritis and avoid them
- 7. explore your emotional triggers and address them (what’s “eating” you?)
When you are able to let go of all the emotional and physical triggers, you will find that your body will partner with you in loving and repairing itself. Please let me know how you are doing with your healing.