Stress Reduction Techniques

Feelings of stress and anxiety can strike at any time. They often creep up when you start to feel a loss of control—maybe over how your skin looks or how much work is on your plate.

Research shows a strong connection between stress and psoriasis; in fact, feeling stressed is a documented trigger for flares of psoriasis.

While some amount of stress in life is probably unavoidable, take a few moments to evaluate any sources of anxiety you are feeling in your life right now.

Think about the kinds of things you can do to help you feel more relaxed, such as developing an action plan to tackle a problem or participating in an activity you really enjoy.

Try this!

A technique called progressive muscle relaxation can help ease stress. It can be done just about anywhere.

  • Start by wearing loose-fitting clothes. Dim the lights and sit in a comfortable chair.
  • Once seated, take several slow, deep breaths. Practice tensing and relaxing your muscles five seconds at a time, starting with your feet and working your way up your body. Pay attention to how your body feels when it's not tensing.

Over time, this exercise can help you learn the difference between a tense and relaxed body.

Published August 2011

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