Inflammatory Derma

How to Deal with Anxiety About Your Skin Condition


Living with an inflammatory skin condition such as eczema and psoriasis can be challenging, not just physically but emotionally as well. It’s really important to recognize that you are not alone in facing the mental challenges that come along with living with a chronic condition. This article aims to provide practical tips and strategies to help you cope with anxiety related to your skin condition.

Connect with Communities

Sharing experiences with others who have similar conditions can provide a sense of belonging and understanding. Join online forums, support groups, or local meet-ups where individuals with inflammatory skin conditions share advice, tips, and emotional support. Building a supportive network can alleviate feelings of isolation and anxiety and really help you mentally to cope with your condition. Check out Ampersand’s Instagram to connect with others on social media. 

Identify Triggers

Pay attention to factors that trigger flare-ups, such as certain foods, stress, or environmental allergens. Keeping a journal can help you pinpoint patterns and make informed lifestyle choices. Once you identify triggers, take steps to minimise exposure and incorporate stress activities into your daily routine. Having this knowledge will help reduce your anxiety about it. 

Practice Stress Management Techniques:

Stress can exacerbate inflammatory skin conditions, so incorporating stress management techniques into your daily routine is essential. Explore mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or other relaxation techniques to help calm your mind and reduce stress levels.

Seek Psychological Support

Life is hard without a chronic condition. If you feel like some extra support is needed, reach out to your GP and see if there are any available options for psychological support such as therapy that can be offered to you through public health systems. If you live somewhere that does not have a system like the NHS, consider investing in therapy if you feel it will benefit you and if it is feasible to do so. 

Focus on Overall Well-being:

A healthy lifestyle can positively impact both your physical and mental well-being. Maintain a balanced diet, engage in regular exercise, and prioritise sufficient sleep. These habits contribute to your overall health and can improve the management of your skin condition. Also, as a lack of sleep can increase anxiety, getting more sleep will always be beneficial to you.

Challenge Your Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts about your appearance can contribute significantly to your anxiety. Challenge these thoughts by focusing on your strengths and accomplishments. The way you look and feel about yourself has an evident impact on your mental health and overall sense of happiness. This fact shouldn’t be ignored or overlooked. Continue to challenge these thoughts, take care of yourself and try to manage your condition so that your symptoms can improve. And as mentioned earlier, reach out for help to your doctor should you find yourself struggling. 

Continue to Educate Yourself

Understanding your skin condition is the first step towards managing anxiety. Learn about the triggers, symptoms, and available treatments. Knowledge empowers you to make informed decisions, reduce the fear associated with the unknown and gain some confidence managing your condition. 

Living with inflammatory skin conditions can be emotionally challenging, but with the right strategies, it’s possible to manage anxiety effectively. Educate yourself, seek professional support, establish a skincare routine, identify triggers, connect with supportive communities, practice stress management techniques, focus on overall well-being, and challenge negative thoughts. By taking proactive steps and adopting a holistic approach, you can navigate the waves of anxiety and lead a fulfilling life despite your skin condition.

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