1.Less Stress Is Best
Stress is a common trigger of psoriasis (a disease that produces silvery colored, scaly, dry and thickened skin with reddish patches) flares; however, psoriasis flares also cause stress. Stress increases inflammation in the body. Inflammatory compounds are damaging to body tissues. Women seem particularly vulnerable to experiencing psoriasis flares due to stress. People who have autoimmune conditions, such as psoriasis, seem to have immune systems that over respond and release an abundance of inflammatory compounds.
Stress Busters :
Controlling stress is one way to minimize the risk of future psoriasis flares. There are many methods to combat stress.
- Deep diaphragmatic breathing engages the so-called “rest and digest” parasympathetic nervous system. Breathe in through your nose, slowly and deeply from your diaphragm. Hold the breath and then breathe out slowly through your mouth.
- Exercise boosts mood, improves energy levels, and releases endorphins, feel-good chemicals associated with decreased pain. Regular exercise decreases anxiety and improves sleep. Women who exercise vigorously and less likely to develop psoriasis than women who are less physically active.
- Enlist the help of a therapist or enroll in a stress management program to learn how to handle stress more effectively. A therapist may use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you change thoughts and behaviors to keep your stress levels down.
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