3. Try a Relaxation Technique
From deep breathing to yoga and visualization, there are many ways to relax. Find out what’s offered in your community and then see what works best for you. "What helps someone relax is an individual choice," says Belsito. "While some people may enjoy biofeedback or meditation, those options aren’t for everyone." Other options include progressive relaxation and listening to a relaxation CD. Another idea is to take a few minutes each day to write your concerns down on a piece of paper. You can rip up the paper when you’re done.
4. Get Some Exercise
Exercise is another great stress buster. Whether your exercise of choice is walking, running, or playing tennis, it can improve your physical and mental health. Exercise also releases chemicals in your brain that can make you feel good. But if sweat is a trigger for your eczema, make sure to take a cool or lukewarm shower soon after your workout to remove sweat.
5. Talk About It
If your stress is routed in deeper problems with your marriage, family, or job, you may want to talk with a counselor or therapist. Sometimes just talking about your problems with someone can help relieve your stress. In some cases, a mental health professional can also prescribe medication that can help with stress and anxiety.
6. Do Something You Enjoy
Make time to do the things you enjoy. Whether it’s playing sports, reading a book, or participating in a hobby or group, doing something you like can take your mind off your stress and make you feel good.
7. Ask for Help
If you’ve tried, but can’t seem to control your stress or your eczema, ask your doctor for help. "The connection between eczema and stress can be a vicious cycle. Sometimes you may need a little help breaking that cycle," says Belsito.