When you live with psoriatic disease, self-care is crucial. During a flare-up, devoting time and energy to your treatment has to be a priority. But even on good skin days, managing symptoms and avoiding triggers requires dedication. That’s difficult enough for people who only have themselves to care for; but, for parents, this can be extra challenging.
“Add parenting on top of psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis and you’ve got yourself quite a stressful situation,” says Dana Carretta-Stein, L.M.H.C., therapist and owner of Peaceful Living Mental Health Counseling in Scarsdale, New York. The more stressed you are, the harder it can be to stay mentally and emotionally available for your kids. And feeling like a lousy parent might raise your stress levels even more, leading to a vicious cycle that doesn’t do anyone in your home any favors.
“Learning self-care tips is an impactful way to not only improve your physical health, but to improve your emotional well‑being,” Carretta-Stein says. “Then your kids get to be around a happy, emotionally regulated parent, which is how they learn how to emotionally regulate themselves.” Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas.