O.K. So Tina wasn’t singing about stress but for people with Psoriasis, stress certainly doesn’t feel like a “secondhand emotion”. So, why exactly DOES stress affect our bodies so much?
Well, stress can cause a lot of ailments and discomforts in the body. First let’s look at stress by itself. Stress is an emotional and sometimes physical reaction that your body has in response to an outside threat or demand. When you feel threatened, your nervous system reacts by flooding the body with stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which gear the body up for emergency action. So why does my skin react??
Although medical professionals still have a lot to learn about Psoriasis, they do know that it is an autoimmune related skin condition. It is thought to occur when the immune system turns on the body creating an overproduction of skin cells (that’s why we have those fun white patches of built up skin). I don’t know about you but if my body is going all civil war on itself, It’s stressed out!!
So, if you’re body is like mine and stress is a trigger, here are some handy dandy tips and suggestions:
-Exercise! Get your butt up and get that adrenaline coursing. It will release your happy hormones too!
-Meditate. Put some OHM in your life.
-Put down that bad habit. Alcohol, drugs and even smoking can heighten your stress levels. Cut them back or cut them out!
-Get enough sleep. Catching those needed ZzZ’s helps your body re-energize and relax.
-Reduce caffeine and sugar. These temporary “highs” will send your system into crash mode as soon as they start wearing off.
-Eat healthy. Believe it or not, changing the way I eat helped my psoriasis tremendously.
Is stress a trigger for you? What do you do to help manage it!