How to boost confidence and self-esteemThere are strategies you can use to help you feel more at ease and make sure that your psoriasis doesn't stop you from doing the things you want to do or from achieving your goals.
You're more likely to worry about what your skin looks like when you don't feel so good about yourself in other ways
Focus on the positivesWorking on building up your self-esteem is the best way to help you feel good about yourself and keep your psoriasis in check. Try the following seven ways to boost your self-confidence:
- Make a list of all your positive characteristics. Write down all the things you like about yourself – e.g., you're caring, you're a good listener, you're creative, you're imaginative – and, whenever you feel down, just looking at your list will help you to feel better about yourself.
- Take care of yourself physically. Make sure you eat healthily, get enough rest and exercise regularly.
- Plan activities you enjoy. Make time in the week for yourself. Read a good book, see a film or just spend time with good friends and family. By allowing yourself time for enjoyable activities, you're less likely to worry about what you look like and your mood will also improve as a result.
- Say yes to social events. There's no point sitting at home alone just because you're worried about your skin. The more you isolate yourself, the more likely you are to feel bad about being left out and you will also be depriving yourself from having support from friends and having fun.
- Focus on your good parts. Every time you think of some part of your body that you're unhappy with, challenge negative thoughts by remembering small improvements and also remind yourself of the things you are happy about, e.g., your eyes, hair, legs, voice and so on.
- Spend time with people that care. Socialise with people who value you and make you feel good.
- Take up new activities. Try out some new recipes, join a book or film club, or take up a new interest that will get you more involved with others and help you to work towards a new goal to lift your spirits.
Track your progressIt's easy to dwell on the negative and lose track of how much improvement you've already made. So you might find it useful to give your symptoms (physical and emotional) a score from 0-4 (from none to severe). Try using the MyPso QualityCare™ app to track your symptoms. Download it from Apple Appstore or Google Play if you have not already tried it. Information placed on this app is not intended as a substitute for consultation with your healthcare professional.
In time, and with the right treatment, you should notice improvements. Look back at your scores next time you're feeling down and remind yourself of how far you've come.
UK/IE 2013b/00074, Date of prep: April 2015