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Psoriasis and stress share a strong connection. Though stress doesn’t cause Psoriasis, it’s one of the Psoriasis triggers leading to flare-ups, and flare-ups in turn cause stress! So, managing stress is an important skill to live well with Psoriasis. Rather than getting caught up in the stress-psoriasis-stress cycle, identifying your stressors and working towards dealing with them will help.

Here are 6 easy ways you can de-stress to manage your Psoriasis symptoms better.

1. Understand what gives you stress[1]
Know the situations which are certain to give you stress. When you find yourself in one, try to cope with them calmly. Though it’s not possible to ignore all the stressful situations, they can be altered to reduce the effect they can have.[1]

2. Practice stress-relieving techniques
Yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises help reduce stress and build strength, flexibility, and stamina. Deep breathing helps calm down the nervous system.[2] Inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth for 10-15 minutes is a good form of breathing exercise to keep you peaceful and relieve stress.[1]  Getting a massage also helps as it eases muscle tension and lowers stress.[2]

3. Exercise[4]
Exercising is one of the best ways to reduce stress and tension. It releases the feel-good hormone and improves your mood. Being physically active lessens the negative effects of stress by creating a fighting response.

4. Sleep[1]
No matter how busy you are, get quality and adequate sleep to manage Psoriasis and stress. Make a routine and stick to it.

5. Adhere to your treatment plan[2]
Being regular with your Psoriasis treatment can give you relief from Psoriasis symptoms and lower the stress associated with it, especially during flare-ups. Confiding in your Dermatologist will also help quell your fears and anxieties.

6. Look for support[1]
Join a community or a support group to share your thoughts and experiences with others like you allowing you to benefit from their experience of dealing with Psoriasis and related stresses.

Be sure to have a positive approach towards living with Psoriasis to break the stress-psoriasis-stress cycle. The best way of managing Psoriasis is to be regular with treatment and stay connected to the Dermatologist.

Curated Tags

Talk to your Dermatologist
about biologics for clear* skin

*No plaque elevation, erythema or
scaling, hyperpigmentation maybe present.

References

  1. Everyday Health. How Yoga Can Help Psoriasis- And How To Get Started. Available [online] at https://www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/how-yoga-can-help-psoriasis-how-get-started/. Accessed on 8 October 2020.

  2. WebMD. Stress and Psoriasis. Available [online] at https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/stress-impact. Accessed on 1 October 2020.

  3. Everyday Health. How Yoga Can Help Psoriasis- And How To Get Started. Available [online] at https://www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/how-yoga-can-help-psoriasis-how-get-started/. Accessed on 8 October 2020.

  4. Mayo Clinic. Healthy Lifestyle Stress Management. Available [online] at https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/exercise-and-stress/art-20044469. Accessed on 8 October 2020.