According to the American Academy of Dermatology, stress and the nervous system have an impact on inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis. Taking steps to relieve stress can help stop the inflammatory response that causes the itchy skin and red lesions associated with plaque psoriasis.
You can engage in stress-relieving activities at home or in your community. Here are 10 ways to reduce stress with meditation and more that may work for you.
1. Meditate mindfully
Mindfulness is a specific meditation technique that brings awareness to the present moment. You begin by sitting still with your eyes shut and focusing on your breathing. During a brief meditation period of about 15 minutes, thoughts should slow down and feelings of self-judgment and self-doubt fade away.
In a 1998 study of 37 people receiving ultraviolet phototherapy (UVB) or photochemotherapy (PUVA), this type of meditation was proven helpful for people with psoriasis. Those who listened to a meditation tape during treatments achieved results faster than those who did not.
2. Move your body
Tai chi and yoga are two examples of movement therapies that tackle stress in several ways. Slower forms of yoga use mindfulness breathing techniques while engaging the muscles to stretch and balance. Tai chi uses slow, deliberate movements to improve the flow of energy through the body. Both practices can improve mood and concentration, adding to an overall sense of well-being.