Psychological stress is one of the significant factors that make psoriasis worse. Scientists say that mental stress produces certain chemicals that increase the inflammatory response. As psoriasis is known as skin, inflammatory condition stress also results in psoriasis flareups.
Stress can be defined as the degree to which you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope due to unmanageable pressures.
Psoriasis patients may experience stress due to various factors, along with psoriasis itself causing major stress factors.
Reducing psychological stress helps in improving psoriasis and minimizes its reoccurrence. As we experience various pressure levels today, one can manage stress effectively by learning de-stressing methods. Here are quick ways to manage your stress to reduce your psoriasis.
Deep breathing exercise is one of my favorite methods I suggest to my patients.
How to do it?
One has to sit in a comfortable position, keeping the spine straight. You can sit on the floor or in a chair. Once you sit comfortably, start to inhale slowly and exhale slowly, closing your eyes. Do this twice daily for about 10 minutes each time. The preferable time is before going to bed and as soon as you wakeup. During this time, you need to watch your breath coming in and going out. There is no need to hold the breath or breathe from one nostril, as done in pranayama. Deep breathing helps to calm down the mind and reduces stress.
Regular working out is one of the best ways to relax your body and mind. Exercise also helps improve your mood. One should do a workout till one gets good sweat and has to do it every day. One can start with a brisk walk if you are a beginner and later you can start jogging, swimming or playing any sports. Studies suggest that regular exercise helps in improving immunity in the body.
If meditation is practiced regularly, it helps in reducing stress quickly by bringing inner peace. Everyone can practice meditation, and it is inexpensive and straightforward and can be done at any place.
Originally meditation was practiced for thousands of years was aimed to understand the true self. Meditation brings a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind.
How to practice meditation?
Meditation intends to attain a profoundly tranquil state of mind. To achieve this, one needs to start practicing meditation sitting in a comfortable position. You can choose a chair or use a floor for sitting comfortably, keeping your spine straight. Then begin focusing your attention on anything like watching the breath or observing the thoughts arising in your mind. Meditation gradually takes to a deep state of relaxation resulting in enhanced physical and mental well-being. You can start prating for 10 minutes daily and can increase the duration slowly.
Listen to Music:
Listening to soothing music can have a relaxing effect on the body, prolonged, quiet classical music. Listening to soft music helps to slow heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and helps to decrease the levels of stress hormones.
Music helps in focusing our attention and frees our minds from distraction. Music acts as a great aid to medication by preventing the mind from wandering.
There is various form of relaxing music available one can make use of them to reduce mental stress.
Get enough Sleep and Rest:
Quality sleep helps our mind to recharge, and our bodies rest. Following regular sleep, routine calms and invigorates the body, improves mental functions, improves mood, etc. So one should develop a habit of having the quality of sleep every day to minimize stress levels.
Engaging yourself in your favorite hobby or learning a new hobby will reduce your stress levels. Hobbies are those activities that allow you to enjoy the activity and make you feel happier and more relaxed. One can choose any hobbies such as singing, playing, academic, music, dance, etc.
Psoriasis is considered a T-Cell mediated chronic inflammatory disorder of the skin seen in about 3.5% of the population. Though psoriasis is expressed as a skin manifestation, the root cause for this is the immune system’s malfunction.
Stress is one of the major triggering factors in psoriasis. One may experience stress due to various reasons, and psoriasis itself can cause stress to the patient. One should identify the reasons for stress, and practicing specific distressing exercises or methods will help reduce stress intensity and gain better control over psoriasis flareups.
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