stress is a common trigger for psoriasis, living with the chronic skin disease can
often cause stress. Some days you may feel like you just can’t get away from it.
The good news is, you can. Having a few good stress relievers on hand when
psoriasis stress ramps up can quickly bring you down to a place of cool and
calm. And that, in turn, will help reduce your psoriasis flare-ups.
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indicates women who regularly participate in vigorous exercise are less likely
to get psoriasis than less-active women. Exercise has also been shown to
improve sleep and decrease anxiety by increasing production of endorphins,
chemicals that help improve mood and energy. Start with an activity you enjoy,
or an exercise hobby, such as golf or gardening, and work up to 30 minutes a
day of exercise, five days a week. The more active you are, the less stress you
are likely to have.
1. Get moving. https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/1494x999%2B5%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F39%2F6b%2F4b3b00a24f929dbcc2557b665e2f%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-gettyimages-565783651.jpg
exercises, such as yoga and deep breathing, are great for ridding the body of
stress. While yoga is more of a stress prevention technique, you can use deep
breathing anytime you feel stress coming on. Start by breathing in slowly and
deeply. When you can’t breathe in anymore, begin to breathe out right away
(don’t hold your breath) until you have emptied your lungs. Repeat this at
least five times. Many people find meditation to be a significant stress
reliever. The process of sitting in a comfortable position with closed eyes and
focusing on your breathing helps to clear the mind, slow down racing thoughts
and relieve stress and anxiety. Some people have even found this helps improve
their psoriasis. There are many meditation techniques to choose from; start
with a short, simple routine that you can easily work into your schedule.
2. Try yoga, deep breathing exercises or meditation. https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/1500x1003%2B0%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F80%2F4e%2F627e53534b519c1e7beba9251dbb%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-woman-doing-yoga.jpg
stress of living with psoriasis can leave you feeling vulnerable and can do a
number on your self-esteem. Having a strong support system is extremely helpful
when you have a chronic condition like psoriasis. If you can open up to close
friends and family members when you are going through a rough patch, they can
offer understanding and emotional support, and this can be a huge stress
relief. Also, be open and honest with your doctors about your condition and how
the stress of it is impacting your life. Ask about any additional options for
psoriasis treatment that can help you look and feel better.
3. Open up. https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Fc0%2F36%2F2a9bda6b4f14a26ef0a1e510c5f2%2Fimage-getty-78459894.jpg
in particular, seem especially vulnerable to stress due to psoriasis. This may
be due, in part, to the effects psoriasis has on appearance and feelings of
attractiveness. Many women try to cover up their psoriasis plaques with long
sleeves and long pants, but this can sometimes lead to perspiration, which can
make symptoms worse. Try wearing loose-fitting clothes and breathable fabrics. Focus
on aspects of your appearance you can control, such as your hair or wardrobe,
which can help relive anxiety and give you a boost of confidence.
4. Focus on your wardrobe. https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Ff0%2F90%2F0b391df94f7394b2faf32c51d3a8%2Fimage-women-choosing-clothes-from-closet.jpg
If you’re finding psoriasis stress difficult to
manage on your own, consider counseling. Often talking to a professional can help
you get your stress under control when other techniques aren’t working. Find a
counselor or therapist who specializes in stress management, or take a course
in your area. Support groups for people with psoriasis are also great for
helping you connect to others who are having similar issues.
5. Reach out for help. https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Fc7%2F3a%2F0a67907c4066b464e012e0531ca5%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-getty-178149727.jpg
people with psoriasis find that anti-anxiety medication, or counseling along
with medication, has a positive effect on their level of anxiety and stress. If
you’ve tried other measures, and counseling alone is still not helping, talk to
your doctor about whether medication might be helpful for you.
6. Ask about medication. https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Fdc%2F6a%2F78f9c4054bd3912416a7032cc69f%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-getty-109726186.jpg