Tips to help you feel calm and relaxedResearch shows that stress can heighten your experience of pain and can also make your psoriasis symptoms worse. There are things you can do to help yourself and just introducing simple techniques into your daily life can change how you think and make you more positive. This will keep stress levels under control and go a long way to reducing your psoriasis symptoms as a result.
Proven stress-beating stepsThere are many different schools of thought when it comes to helping patients with stress and anxiety associated with psoriasis. Below are some simple techniques that have been found to be helpful for some psoriasis patients.
When you are feeling happy and confident, you may find your psoriasis much easier to manage.
It can also be helpful to focus on the things in life that make you happy. When you are feeling happy and confident, you may find your psoriasis much easier to manage and a positive state of mind could also help you deal with anything difficult that life throws your way. If you’ve noticed your psoriasis flaring up when you are stressed, talk to your doctor about relaxation techniques. You could also try the following simple tips to help you feel more calm and in control:
1. Deep breathingTake a deep breath in through your nose and hold your breath for a few moments and then slowly exhale. Repeating this whenever you are overcome with anxiety may help you relax and feel calm again.
2. Exercise regularly
Physical activity is one of the easiest and best ways to deal with stress. It encourages the release of feel-good hormones called endorphins, and research has shown that people may improve their mental wellbeing by exercising for just 20 minutes a week. Build up the intensity of exercise gradually and work within the limits of your capabilities, but the more exercise you do, the more positive you may feel.
3. Write it downWriting worries down stops problems from escalating in your head. It’s also easier to find solutions to problems once they’re on paper. One study found that writing about your fears for just 10 minutes before a stressful event (such as an important test) may help you feel less anxious and more in control.
4. Spend time enjoying your natural surroundingsHaving some fresh air and getting out into the countryside or your local park to walk or play sport is a great way to de-stress and also has a positive impact on your health and well-being.
5. Play with a petPsychologists have found that pet owners are often less lonely, fearful and preoccupied than non-pet owners, and have higher self-esteem.
6. Focus on the positiveIt can also be helpful to focus on the things in life that make you happy. When you are feeling happy and confident, you may find your psoriasis much easier to manage and a positive state of mind could also help you deal with anything difficult that life throws your way.
UK/IE 2013b/00075, Date of prep: April 2015