This module’s focus is on the psychological aspect of dealing with chronic skin issues such as seborrheic dermatitis.
What Makes Stress So Important?
Stress, anxiety and depression are known to weaken the immune response and worsen pretty much any chronic health condition. And this effect is particularly noticeable in chronic skin conditions, such as seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea and psoriasis.
One of the biggest issues with stress is that each of us has a different perception of it and this determines our individual susceptibility to it’s potential negative effects. The following reading can provide some perspective on this complex topic and help you better understand the role stress may have for you.
Technically, these objectives may have little direct impact on seborrheic dermatitis symptoms. However, learning to better deal with stress, anxiety and depression can lead to:
- Improved hormonal stability
- Stabilized immune function
- Stabilized sebum production
- Improved mood and sense of well-being
- Improved digestion
Objectives in Focus
Several strategies are presented to help you cope with the stresses life throws your way. Feel free to experiment and see what particular approaches work best for you. When it comes to stress, there really is no one-fits-all solution.
Strategies to Implement
Regular practice of controlled breathing exercises has been shown improve mental stability, immune function and hormone production; all of which can lead to healthier sebum production and reduced skin sensitivity.
Simple objects have the possibility to convey meaning, effect our thoughts and influence our emotions. By pairing an object with feelings of relaxation, that object becomes a personal artifact that can be used to stabilize our mood and fight anxiety.
Don’t stress if your not achieving each single objective
Again, don’t stress if your not doing everything right away. The goal is to continue to integrate these things to the best of your ability and not over-stress if your not finding the time for everything.
Example Daily Checklist
- Perform a controlled breathing exercise for 3 minutes before bed
- If frustration or anxiety is encountered, focus on your breath and count
- Spend several minutes in a quite atmosphere conditioning selected artifact