As we wave goodbye to another year, we look forward to a new year and start planning our resolutions in hopes of achieving what we set out to do.
For psoriasis patients, it is a challenge each year to not only manage their skin condition, but for some, their underlying conditions as well. Nevertheless, you should not let that hold you back from achieving your goals in the new year.
Perhaps you can consider some of these tips as your new year’s resolutions and hopefully it can help you manage your condition better.
1. Sticking to Your Treatment Plans
If you do not have a treatment plan yet, the new year might be a good time to start. Visit your dermatologist and take time to discuss your condition and needs. Together, you are able to come up with a plan that is suited for you.
Once you have your treatment plan, take the effort to stick to it. Remember to take your medications accordingly, pay a visit to your dermatologist and evaluate your condition regularly, listen to your doctor’s advice on the dos and don’ts. All of these can help manage your condition.
2. Keep A Healthy Eating Plan
Studies shown that dietary intakes may impact your condition1. Patients are advised to reduce the intake of red meat and dairy that may worsen inflammation.
An anti-inflammatory diet can help you reduce the chance and severity of a flare-up1. Many fruit and vegetables, such as broccoli, leafy greens, and berries are high in antioxidants1, while fatty fishes such as salmon are rich in omega 31, which might help you decrease your inflammation1.
3. Develop an Exercise Plan
Exercising regularly can be very beneficial for your condition, as it helps reduce inflammation in the body2. Furthermore, exercising can also help you manage your weight3, which reduces the chances of developing comorbidities like obesity and diabetes.
You can start your routine slowly, such as taking regular walks in the park2. If you prefer to go for indoor exercise, you can try out yoga instead, as it is found to be helpful for psoriasis4.
4. Saying Goodbye to Your Bad Habits
There are many bad habits that you should avoid when managing your condition. Studies have found smoking to be one of the main triggers for psoriasis flare-up5 and should be avoided at all cost. You should also limit or exclude your alcohol intake, as it may trigger a flare-up or worse, negatively impact your psoriasis treatment6.
Lack of sleep can also worsen your condition, as it affects your stress levels and mental health . Experts suggest patients stick to a sleeping schedule, where you go try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day7.
If you have any of these bad habits mentioned, try to break them one at a time in the new year. As the new year brings new beginnings, we hope that psoriasis patients continue to manage their condition better and seek medical advice to have a better quality of life. Do be mindful that should you make any changes to your lifestyle, it is recommended for you to check with your healthcare professional before doing so.
We wish you all the best in the upcoming year!
1Food Triggers for Psoriasis: What to Eat and What to Avoid. Healthline. (2020). Retrieved 9 December 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/food-triggers-for-psoriasis.
2Exercising with Severe Psoriasis: What to Know. Healthline. (2020). Retrieved 9 December 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/can-i-exercise-with-severe-psoriasis.
3Psoriasis & Exercise: How Exercise Can Help Psoriasis. WebMD. (2020). Retrieved 9 December 2020, from https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/features/exercise-psoriasis.
4Yoga for Psoriasis & Stress. Healthline. (2020). Retrieved 9 December 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/yoga-poses-for-stress-relief.
5The Negative Effects of Smoking with Psoriasis. Healthline. (2020). Retrieved 9 December 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis-after-quitting-smoking.
6Psoriasis and Alcohol: How Can Drinking Affect Your Symptoms?. Healthline. (2020). Retrieved 9 December 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/psoriasis-and-alcohol.
7Azuse, E. (2020). Psoriasis and Sleep. Healthgrades. Retrieved 9 December 2020, from https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/psoriasis/psoriasis-and-sleep.