Keeping positive and feeling confident
Coping with psoriasis can sometimes seem like an emotional rollercoaster. As well as having to put up with the itchiness and soreness of flare-ups and plaques, you may feel self-conscious about how it looks and worry about how other people might react.
How you feel about your body and the way you look may have a big impact on your confidence
and self-esteem. In fact, it is well-recognised that your body image may account for between one-quarter and one-third of your self-esteem. Having low self-esteem also influences your mental outlook and whether you feel positive or negative about your life. If you have a skin condition, it is particularly important to find ways to keep you feeling positive and confident in order to boost your mental well-being and keep negative thoughts at bay.
Having good self-esteem means liking and accepting yourself for who you are. So try looking at yourself from a broader perspective – remembering that appearance is only one amongst many aspects of who we are, and that other qualities, such as intelligence, kindness and humour also play a role in defining us.
Feelings of self-consciousness or embarrassment about your psoriasis are completely natural but that doesn't mean that you have to put up with them.
Staying positive is important for self-image and the following techniques can help you to stay strong and upbeat about life:
- Focus on what you like about yourself. Each morning look in the mirror and remind yourself that you have a great smile or that you're good at making people laugh. Then, if a negative thought about your psoriasis pops into your head later in the day, you can choose consciously to remind yourself of your many positive attributes.
- Find the feel-good factor. Identify the things in your life that make you feel positive and energised. Perhaps seeing friends, playing your favourite sport, watching a romantic comedy or dancing. Whatever you love doing, try to find time to do more of it.
Feelings of self-consciousness or embarrassment about your psoriasis are completely natural but that doesn't mean that you have to put up with them. Thinking positively and feeling good about yourself will help you keep your psoriasis in check and enable you to live your life to the full.
UK/IE 2013b/00074, Date of prep: April 2015