This post was developed in collaboration with Celgene Corporation. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own.
It’s been a wonderful, emotional experience opening up to you guys about my psoriasis as part of the INSIDE PERSPECTIVE campaign. I had no idea that so many of you have similar experiences, or at the very least personally know people who struggle with psoriasis as well. It made me feel so supported and understood, so I wanted to talk to you about how you can get support through your own psoriasis journey. Of all the things I’ve tried, from medication to topical treatments, and fashion choices – getting emotional support has been one of the most effective ways that I’ve learned to cope with it.
When I first was diagnosed, it really took a toll on my self-esteem. I didn’t have any friends or colleagues with psoriasis at the time (or perhaps I did but they were like me and trying to hide it too), so I used to call up my mum and talk to her about it for hours. No matter how old you are, sometimes all you need is to vent to one of your parents, or someone in your family who you feel won’t judge you. Today, Mackenzie is also that person for me. Having someone to just listen to your feelings can be a huge relief, so make sure to reach out to anyone close to you when you need an ear or a shoulder to cry on.
I’ve come a long way since I was diagnosed, but every now and then I still have low moments. When I’m feeling particularly down, I try to remember what I’m grateful for and get a bigger perspective on things. Sometimes the best remedy is laughter, so I’ll distract myself with a comedy movie (thank you Will Ferrell, every time!). Luckily, Mackenzie is equally as hilarious and always knows how to get me out of a funk with a fit of laughter.
In terms of dealing with my symptoms, I try to keep my skin really moisturized and healthy. I also pay attention to what’s on the inside, since that’s a huge factor with psoriasis. I eat a healthy, balanced diet with fresh seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Mackenzie and I love going to our local farmer’s market where we can pick up tons of organic produce for the week. I try to get as much sleep as I can (which I admit has been a bit harder with a newborn, but I try to make it a priority), and manage stress. Stress can really trigger or worsen my psoriasis, so I try to relax as much as possible. Sometimes that means a glass of red wine and a cookie (balance is important!), and sometimes it’s more like a long walk or Pilates class with motivating music. Find what lessens your anxiety and use it as a coping mechanism whenever you feel overwhelmed.
How do you get support for your psoriasis? Tell me in the comments! You can also learn more about the ways I deal with my psoriasis by watching the INSIDE PERSPECTIVE campaign video at www.PsOPerspective.com.