Planning for Stress Flares

how to take betterfamily vacationpicturesStress and anxiety are said to be one of the top triggers for psoriasis flares, but unfortunately stress seems to be inescapable for most of us. There are varying levels of stress and sometimes it hits without warning, but there are times when you know a stressful period is coming and you can find ways to help alleviate its intensity.

Since we’re all different, it’s difficult to say what will help you personally ease your stressful situations but I’ve rounded up a few ways that I plan for stressful times.

  • Plan as much as possible. For me putting things down on paper and having a plan of attack makes me feel like I have some control over a situation. Two of the easier things to plan include:
    • Meals & Snacks: When I don’t plan what I’m going to eat, I tend to grab whatever is around and easiest to shove into my mouth. I’m also a stress eater, so I’ll gravitate towards chips, candy, and things that don’t nourish my body well. Even though its time consuming in the upfront, the planning gives me one less thing to think about and helps me avoid putting food in my body that can trigger my psoriasis.
    • Clothing: Planning out my clothing choices in advance gives me the chance to think about what occasions, weather, and environments that I’m dressing for. Not only does it make my morning routine move faster, but it ensures that I’m going to be comfortable in my clothing choices and they won’t irritate my psoriasis.
  • Stick to your treatment regime. During these crazy times, it’s incredibly important to stick to be compliant with whatever treatments and medications you are taking. For the past few months, I have been using MetaDerm to manage my psoriasis symptoms. The recommended usage is twice a day to get the best results. I find the frequency challenging on my best days, so need to be especially conscious of it on my busier days. In an effort to be compliant, I split up the body spray into two bottles so that I can keep one upstairs and one downstairs. I also keep a travel size of the MetaDerm cream in my bag so I can at least apply to my arms throughout the day. I know how crucial the continued use is to its success, so its definitely something I make the time for.
  • Try to adopt a “go with the flow” mentality. There will be things that come up that could force you to adjust all that careful planning and cause additional stress. Take a deep breath and take five minutes away if you can to calm your mind or meditate. Those few minutes will help slow down your thoughts, giving you time to clearly think about an alternative solution or plan that will best answer these new stressful challenges.
  • Find an outlet. Whether its exercise, writing in a journal or watching HGTV makeover re-runs. Find some time to de-compress and take a break from the stressful situation, even if it’s only for a few minutes or one episode. If trying to find the time to exercise gives you even more stress, cut yourself some slack and find something else to help you relax.

Planning to be stressed may seem like an odd idea, but sometimes controlling what you can and knowing what you’re possibly getting into can help ease that stress!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MetaDerm. All thoughts and opinions are my own. To learn more about MetaDerm, please visit www.metaderm.com

 

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