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The Emotional Impact of Psoriasis: Yeah, It’s Real Wellness

Does psoriasis cause you emotional pain? I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but psoriasis can cause some serious stress - there are even days I don’t want to go out of the house. I mean a long-sleeve tee on a 25°C day – when did I sign up for this? Taking care of your emotional well-being is an important part of looking after yourself when you have psoriasis. As Robert Urich says: “A healthy outside starts from inside.”

Stressed? Who isn’t? For reals.

  • If only we could forecast psoriasis flare-ups like the weather. Not knowing when or if your psoriasis will flare-up is enough to get on anyone’s nerves. It’s almost as bad as that barista spelling your name wrong! (I mean, is “Steph” really that hard?)
  • Add on the stresses of dealing with itchy skin, discomfort, pain, concerns about your appearance, and dealing with other people’s reactions, and well ... you’re justified to stress a bit, aren’t you? But then we stress about being stressed: “Uh oh. I’m stressed out. What if the stress causes a flare-up?” Joy to the world, the flare-up has come!

Embarrassed?

  • Ever had a perfect hair day only for it to rain and by the time you get to work so you look like a drowned rat? That’s pretty much what I think having a flare-up is like. You’re feeling all confident, and *boom* a flare-up comes and that can really shake your confidence.

Depressed?

  • Psoriasis can be both emotionally and physically taxing. Over the long haul, some people withdraw, go out less, and focus on their psoriasis more. Now, I’m not saying that psoriasis turns you into some shut-in cat lady, but it can make you prone to anxiety or depression, like any chronic illness.

“Joining an online psoriasis forum or support group will help you learn and is a great source for support.”

Taking Control

When psoriasis seems to be controlling your emotions, it’s time to regain control.

  • Sticking to your management plan not only reduces flare-ups, it helps you feel in control of your health. #likeaboss
  • Try to control what affects your sense of well-being: get out and interact with people. Try to reduce, lessen, and manage stressful situations. Live a balanced lifestyle. Get enough sleep. Eat well – we’re talking more green veggies and less of the chocolate stash in your desk drawer. Not only will these things help prevent flare-ups, they’ll help your mental health, as well.
  • Connect with others who have psoriasis *cough cough* Like me! Joining an online psoriasis forum or support group will help you learn and is a great source for support.
  • Despite our best efforts, flare-ups can still happen. You aren’t Wonder Woman or Superman – though a cape would probably suit you. Knowing that your flare-ups are temporary and not because you did something wrong, will help you cope.

I’m running late for my psoriasis group (time flies, I guess!), so that’s all for today. Plus, there’s a cutie there that I’m working up the nerve to talk to. TTYL

Hey, we all get stressed from time to time. It’s human, right? Have any pointers you’d like to share? Every little bit helps, after all! #doit

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