Stress Reduction Techniques
makes controlling eczema much easier. In fact, studies show that keeping
calm and having a positive outlook may be the best ways to keep eczema
under control. However, in todayís fast-paced world, managing stress can
be a challenge even for children. Here are some time-tested techniques
that can help effectively manage the stress of everyday life:
When life becomes especially hectic, it is important to comply with
your treatment regimen to help avoid a flare-up.
Donít skimp on sleep.
Adequate sleep reduces stress and gives skin time to rejuvenate.
Take a minute or two to think calming thoughts when under stress.
Free your mind with a
Deep breathing, progressive relaxation, visualization, yoga,
meditation or listening to a relaxation CD can help.
Write away your
Research shows that taking 15 minutes each day to write down your
concerns is an effective stress management technique. Ripping up the
paper after you finish writing also helps relieve stress.
Participate in a
Doing something you enjoy can enhance your mental, emotional and
Get a pet.
Pets reduce stress for many.
Make time for
Create a list of things you enjoy. Maybe a walk, catching a favorite
TV show or curling up with a book are on your list. Find time everyday
to do something you enjoy.
Join a support group.
Some find comfort and a feeling of well being when they talk with
others who have eczema.
Parents and caregivers can help relieve the emotional stress that
children feel by relieving the symptoms with medications prescribed by a
dermatologist. It also helps to distract the child from the itch with
Around the Home
What you can
do around the home that may help relieve the signs and symptoms of
Bathing and Moisturizing Guidelines
Tips to maximize the effectiveness of
bathing and moisturizing
Winter Skin Care Guidelines
Tips for preventing dry skin when the humidity drops
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