Wounds ‘take longer to heal when you are anxious or stressed’

In my approach of Cognitive Hypnotherapy, we have long used it for helping the body healing itself. This article explains a link with stress and anxiety and the body taking longer in the healing process. It would stand to reason then, that being able to deal with stress and anxiety in a positive way, would be condusive to better healing. Read on and let me know what you think…

by That’s Fit Staff (Subscribe to That’s Fit Staff’s posts)
Jun 10th 2010

Categories: Mind and body


Woman putting on plasterScientists have discovered that stress and anxiety can make it harder for wounds to heal.

Researchers inflicted small ‘punch’ wounds on healthy volunteers whose levels of life stress were gauged using a standard questionnaire. The wounds of the least anxious participants were found to heal twice as fast as those of the most stressed, and changes in the levels of the stress hormone cortisol reflected the difference in healing speed.

Professor John Weinman, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, has previously shown that healing can be enhanced by psychological help aimed at easing emotional stress.

He says: “These studies focus specifically on how the life stresses people experience can impact on their ability to recover from different types of wound, such as those caused by surgical procedures and by different medical conditions, including venous leg ulcers.

“I hope that these findings can now be used to identify psychological interventions to help speed up the recovery and healing process.”


  1. Chris Calloway on 26th June 2010 at 11:35 am

    It’s good to see scientific research that confirms the effects of stress on the body.


  2. Lenny Deverill-West on 9th July 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Anita

    Seems like another example of us getting in the way of what the body naturally wants to do. The body wants to heal, so take some time out and let it happen I say 🙂


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