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Coping With Psoriatic Arthritis: Relax & Recharge

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis may be thought of as diseases that affect the skin and the joints, but it’s essential for patients and doctors to understand the close connection to mental health.

Many people with the conditions are known as “stress responders,” which means that emotional stressors, like tough times at work or an illness in the family, can make their condition worse.

The good news is that, if your psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis get worse under stress, you may find the following techniques help you relax, which could improve your psoriatic arthritis symptoms:

  • Meditation
  • Relaxation
  • Hypnosis
  • Psychotherapy
  • Spend time with family and friends

Remember, you can cope with the physical and emotional demands of psoriatic arthritis — by reaching out and getting the help you need.


Drug addiction takes a toll on the body, along with the mind and soul. Exercise hasn’t been studied for drug abuse recovery. However, exercise releases natural endorphins, feel-good chemicals that relax the brain and body and reduce stress.

Besides improving overall health, exercise improves mood and builds self-esteem, key areas in drug abuse recovery. Thirty minutes of daily physical activity, like brisk walking, will bring overall health benefits.


The central principle of all forms of meditation is to focus attention on the present moment, the “now.” Some experts believe addictions result in part from an attempt to escape psychological pain. Meditation can help an addict face painful feelings and understand how these feelings contribute to craving. This can potentially help the person discover healthy ways of coping with bad feelings, without using drugs.

Spirituality and Service

Many people in drug abuse recovery say their spirituality is important in staying clean and sober. Attending religious services, regular community service, and daily prayer are examples of activities that have helped many who believe a higher power is essential to their continued recovery. Reaching out to a local church ministry, or contacting the United Way in your area, can get you started.

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