Stress! Psoriasis' Enemy
Stress can trigger psoriasis flares
Stress can cause flares, and flares can be stressful. Inflammation is the body's way to handle with stress. The immune system responds to injury by sending out chemicals that cause inflammation to help heal wounds. For individuals with psoriasis, the immune system sends out too many of those chemicals.
A few ways to manage your stress:
- Incorporate exercise into your daily and weekly routine. As much as running, lifting, or cycling can be good for your heart, it is also very beneficial to your mind
- Find pockets of time throughout the day to relax. It is important to take breaks throughout the day to calm your nerves and literally chill. In addition, at the end of the night, do not check your work phone/email
- Get enough sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in good health and protects your mental health, physical health, and quality of life.