According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, at least ten percent of the general population are believed to have the genetic makeup that leaves them susceptible to psoriasis, but only two to three percent ever develop symptoms.¹ The first flare-up can be can be triggered by a variety of things, and at the top of the list is stress.
Some stress in life is expected and can even be useful, for example in pushing us to complete a task on time. However, if you have become overwhelmed by the things you have to deal with in your life, that stress can take a toll on your health. If you have a predisposition to psoriasis, you may experience the first outward symptoms at a time of increased stress.
In working to eliminate stress from your life it is helpful to take a step by step approach. First, figure out where your stress is coming from. Once you have identified the causes, you can formulate a plan to eliminate it. Managing your time better, taking better care of yourself, and learning to control thoughts that cause you to worry may be part of the plan to avoid stress. Exercise or meditation can also help you manage it.²
The National Psoriasis Organization has great information on dealing with psoriasis, including a webinar scheduled for March 20, 2012 on dealing with stress. To register for the webinar, click here.