Medically reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.

Sheila Warner, 30, a nursing assistant living in Bangor, Maine says she didn’t even know what self-care meant when she was diagnosed with psoriasis at age 11. But she quickly learned she needed to take conscious steps to take care of her body and mind in order to cope with symptoms, ward off flare-ups, and love herself.

Research confirms that you can help dial down your symptoms with a regular self-care practice. But if you don’t know exactly how to incorporate “me time” into your busy life, that’s understandable. Making time for yourself is a tall order, especially when you’re dealing with a chronic condition on top of everything else.