The link between stress and psoriasis is long established. The American Psoriasis Foundation claims that stressful occurrences can trigger flare-ups, while psoriasis itself can cause stress in sufferers. Managing stress is, therefore, a vital element of psoriasis treatment.
Combating the stress associated with psoriasis can be achieved by understanding that you're not alone, and you don't need to suffer in silence. There are organisations that offer support to sufferers, providing information, news and treatments to help ease symptoms. Once you seek support and understand that you're not alone, you'll find your predicament is less isolating and hopeless, and, therefore, less stressful.
Regular exercise is good for all of us, but if you suffer from psoriasis, it can help to alleviate stress and anxiety, and boost "feel-good" hormones. Some people who experience psoriasis feel negative about how they look, especially during flare-ups, but regular exercise can help to make you feel positive about your body again. As well as taking exercise, try to eat healthily and get adequate sleep for optimum emotional and physical wellbeing.
A study by the University of Massachusetts found that psoriasis patients who took part in meditation noticed improved their symptoms. Meditation helps your body to unwind, relax and de-stress, so it could prove a useful weapon in the battle to reduce anxiety associated with this inflammatory skin condition.
Identify stress triggers
Stress is a part of our lives that we can't avoid, but you can help to reduce exposure to stress by identifying those aspects of your life that get you hot and bothered. Whether it's your job, certain people or situations, once you've identified your stress triggers, see if you can find strategies to make them less impactful. Even if you can't eliminate them from your life, try to change the way you perceive them.
Feel in control
There is currently no cure for psoriasis, and feeling helpless about this skin disease and what the future holds can cause overwhelming stress for some sufferers. However, if you try to regain control of the situation, and not let psoriasis take over your life, you may find that the associated stress is eliminated and your symptoms improve. You can feel in control by being aware of what your triggers are, what helps and what doesn't, the different psoriasis treatments available, and, most importantly, taking any necessary creams or medications as advised and prescribed, to reduce symptoms.
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