Tips to help you feel calm and relaxed
It is well known stress can cause your psoriasis to flare-up.1 The combination of the inflammation and being under stress can also make you more sensitive to pain.2 You can help to reduce your flare-ups by trying to lead a more stress-free life.1
Accepting your psoriasis can make it easier to cope with.3
There are many different schools of thought when it comes to helping people with stress and anxiety associated with psoriasis. Below are some simple techniques that might help relieve stress:
1. Deep breathing
Breathing exercises can help you de-stress.4 Find somewhere comfy, take a deep breath in through your nose, hold your breath for a few moments and then slowly breathe out. Repeat this for a few minutes.5
2. Exercise regularly
You might find physical activity helps to relieve stress.4,6,7 It can lift your mood and improve self-esteem. This happens because it causes the release of endorphins (chemicals in your body that help you feel good).6 You may like to try relaxing forms of exercises such as yoga and tai chi.4 It is recommended you exercise for 30 minutes 5 times a week.8 Where physical activity may be challenging for you, do as much as is right.
3. Write it down
Write down things that you are grateful for to help you focus on the positive things in your life.9 Gratitude is a positive feeling that can make you feel happier.10 Why not try writing down three things every day?
4. Spend time enjoying your natural surroundings
Having some fresh air and getting out into the countryside or your local park is a great way to de-stress. As well as being enjoyable, it also has a positive impact on your health and well-being.11
5. Spend time with your pet
Lots of people love spending time with their pets. The science behind this is the release of a mood-enhancing chemical called oxytocin.9,12
6. Focus on the positive
Try to see the funny side of things, and laugh as much as you can.8 When you are feeling happy and confident, you may find your psoriasis easier to manage. A positive state of mind could also help you deal with anything difficult that life throws your way.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
UK/IE MAT-26897 Date of prep: July 2019
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- www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis-stress#condition-management (accessed July 2019).
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- S Kyeong et al. Sci Rep 2017; 7(1): 5058.
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- A Beetz et al. Front Psychol 2012; 3(234): 1-15.