Taking Control During A Flare
Recently I had a breakout. It was very hard for me especially since I had been clear consistently for about two months. If you are living with psoriasis then you probably understand the constant routine. One month you may be clear and then all of a sudden your immune system goes out of whack and the lesions reappear. I have had psoriasis for nine years but my flares can still be unpredictable. One thing I can say from experience is I have definitely learned different ways of coping during a breakout, which helps me manage my psoriasis a lot better.
I felt like no one would understand
I can remember growing up in high school and early college, I would handle my breakouts all on my own. The only people who knew were my family and even they did not know how much of a toll my breakouts had on me. I would not tell anyone out of fear of rejection and because having psoriasis was just not a “thing”. It was not a popular topic of discussion. Even I didn't want to talk about it. I felt like no one would understand. It was not until I decided to confide in my boyfriend about what I had been experiencing that I finally found relief! Next, I eventually told my best friend and again, I felt completely rejuvenated! It was like a weight had been lifted. Not to my surprise, the people closest to me were so comforting and so supportive as I always knew they would be. I finally allowed myself to break free and tell MY story. I felt like I was finally in control of psoriasis and my psoriasis no longer controlled me.
Communication is key
Communication is a very important part of coping with your psoriatic disease. It is extremely important to find someone in your inner circle that you can be open with about your skin. I found that isolating myself just caused more stress which is a huge trigger for psoriasis. You will be surprised at just how talking to someone about how you feel can make all the difference.
Coping strategies during a flare-up
Another coping strategy aside from communication that I have found to be helpful is exercising. Exercising and being active helps fight stress. It’s easy to isolate yourself and stay indoors to avoid being seen during a flare. But, a thirty-minute jog, a yoga session or a visit to the gym is all it takes to help you feel refreshed and energized. Aside from exercising you can try to take up a hobby. One of my favorite past times is writing. I write to clear my mind during a flare and it helps take my focus off my skin. Maybe you enjoy playing a sport, drawing, shopping or sewing. Whatever it is, take some time to do it. You will find just how easy to it is to focus your mind on the things you enjoy doing rather than a flare!
Flares are difficult to deal with but once you find your best coping strategy, you can start taking control. I always like to remind myself that I have psoriasis but psoriasis doesn't have me. I am in control and you should be too!
What are some different ways you cope during a flare? Any strategies work best for you?
Does your psoriasis skin feel out of control? How are you managing?