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Psoriatic Arthritis, Stress, and Exercise continued...

If a gym doesn't appeal to you -- perhaps you're uncomfortable wearing exercise clothes in front of others because of your skin lesions -- you don't have to skip exercise altogether. Just pick activities you enjoy, like taking the dog for a brisk walk, watching your favorite television show as you ride a stationary bike, or water aerobics.

Because it can be stressful to begin a new exercise program, make sure you take it slow, especially when your joints are swollen and inflamed.

Psoriatic Arthritis and Stress Management

There's a reason that professionals recommend stress management techniques for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis: They work.

There are many stress relief options, from yoga and meditation to setting aside a few minutes to curl up in your favorite chair and listen to soothing music. They might even make your treatment work better. One study of 37 patients undergoing psoriasis treatment found that those who meditated during therapy responded better than those who didn't.

If you feel guilty taking "me-time" when you could be paying bills or running errands, remember that practicing stress management techniques improve your overall health -- and give you more energy to do the things you need (and want) to do.

Prioritize to Reduce Stress

When you have a chronic condition like psoriatic arthritis, it's important to recognize that it's going to have an impact on your life. So take the time to think about what's important to you and what's reasonable to expect of yourself, given your stress and psoriatic arthritis symptoms.

Being sure to participate in activities you enjoy on a regular basis can have a positive effect on your psychological well-being. So if you're sore, fatigued, and having stress symptoms because you're not spending as much time with your kids as you'd like, there's no need to provide homemade cookies for the school bake sale. Why not make things easier by picking up a selection from the bakery and then enjoying a quiet evening at home with the family?

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