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?
Get Out, Be Social, Reduce Stress
It might be tempting to avoid social activities when your psoriatic arthritis and stress level are both flaring, but you'll feel calmer and more relaxed if you make sure to get together with people on a regular basis. Whether you head to religious services or meet up with friends for coffee, make sure you save enough time and energy for social activities.
Looking to meet some new people? Volunteering with a local organization will introduce you to new friends and provide stress relief, giving you an escape from your troubles for a time.
You might also see whether there are any psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis support groups in your community or online. Check with your doctor or the National Psoriasis Foundation to find people experiencing the same issues you are.
Your Attitude About Psoriatic Arthritis
If you're optimistic about yourself and your psoriatic arthritis, it will be much easier for you to deal with the condition and the stress it can cause.
So when your symptoms flare up, remind yourself that the vast majority of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis sufferers can experience dramatic improvement in their symptoms with appropriate treatment. Then, make a commitment to keep working with professionals until you find the plan that works for you.