The National Psoriasis Foundation reports that more than 8 million Americans have psoriasis and that 60% say their disease is be a large problem in their everyday lives. If you are struggling with your psoriasis, here are some things you can do to make your struggle more manageable.
Join a Local Support Group
Having a support system can boost your self-esteem. Meeting with other people, sharing your feelings and supporting each other can help you feel less alone and isolated. Visit the National Psoriasis Foundation website to find a support group in your area.
Remember that Psoriasis Doesn’t Define You
Psoriasis is not who you are! Focus on finding activities to relieve stress, like exercise and spending time with friends and family. Make a list of all the positives in your life. Psoriasis may be a part of your life, but it is not the center.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
When selecting clothing, choose clothes that are comfortable and won’t irritate and further aggravate your skin. Cotton, modal, and silk are all great fabric options when looking for clothes that allow your skin to breathe.
See a Therapist
As you live with your psoriasis, you may feel a range of emotions from embarrassment to shame. You may even experience depression and anxiety, which can trigger psoriasis flares. Talk to a therapist and work on creating strategies to deal with your stress and emotions.
Maintain Your Overall Health
Maintaining your overall health is a key part of your body confidence plan. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and give up harmful habits like smoking to take care of your health. Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health and your self-esteem.