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
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 relaxation technique.
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.
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
Some find comfort and a feeling of well being when they talk with
others who have eczema.
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 cold compresses.
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