Stress and Eczema: How Stress Triggers It and How to Avoid It
It may be surprising to know that stress can cause your eczema to flare up but as weird as it may seem, your emotional distress is truly one of the triggers of this particular skin condition. Individuals with eczema often find their skin developing rashes whenever they’re anxious about something.
Here’s how to deal with your stress so that your eczema will stay put:
It has long been proven that proper meditation can relieve stress. Some meditating practices include deep breathing, focusing, repeating a mantra while sitting cross-legged or lying down for the whole duration. But in order to meditate properly, you need to be taught by a professional. Look for yoga teachers around your neighbourhood and learn from them, or you can check online and look for websites that teach people how to meditate properly.
Exercising can also relieve stress because it releases endorphins that can help improve your mood. However, if you have eczema, exercising is not as easy to do because the increase in your body’s temperature, the sweat, and the allergens you might encounter while running can trigger your eczema.
Still, exercising is good for you and for relieving you're stress. In order to exercise and manage your stress levels, you can use these tips to relieve the symptoms
- Moisturize before and after exercising
- Drink lots of water
- Pat yourself dry if you start sweating
- Keep cool while exercising, which means use a fan on yourself or exercise where there’s air-conditioning
Get lots of sleep
Lack of sleep can also contribute to your stress and anxiety. That's why it’s important that you get lots of sleep during the night. Yet again, eczema has a habit of taking away the things that you need the most to manage your stress: exercising and sleep.
In order to get enough sleep, here are a few tips:
- Set a time for sleep and stick to it
- Prepare yourself for sleep; turn off the lights, turn off all your electronic gadgets and make sure nothing will disturb you
- Wear comfortable clothes to bed: pure organic cotton pajamas are hypoallergenic and very comfortable, which are perfect for someone suffering from eczema
- Take a warm (not hot) bath or a quick shower before sleeping to relieve the tension in your body and prepare yourself for sleep
- Moisturize your skin before you go to bed because dry skin will exacerbate your eczema
Stress is definitely one of eczema’s triggers but there are ways to manage the symptoms and find relief. If you’re feeling stressed, just follow these tips and you might be able to keep your eczema at bay.