It’s so important to have a strong support system including others with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis when living with either of these conditions. They can lend an ear when you have a flare up and don’t want to leave your house.
They can give advice on the best foods to eat when contemplating a new diet or lifestyle change.
They can be your shopping buddies when all you need is to take your mind off the stresses that come with living with psoriasis.
There are many women living with psoriasis who I look up to and rely on for inspiration on a daily basis. I reach out to these women, who happen to be doing some really great work empowering patients living with psoriasis, while living a happy, healthy, and balanced life.
Here is their advice on how to live a balanced life while managing, how they have overcome their biggest challenges, and where they find their inspiration.
- Alisha Bridges, Being Me In My Own Skin
- Brittany Ineson, Seeing Pspots
- Julie Cerrone, It’s Just a Bad Day, Not A Bad Life
- Sabrina Skiles, Homegrown Houston
Where do you find your inspiration for a healthy and fit life?
- I find my inspiration by following inspirational people on social media who are also living a healthy and fit life! I also look at things on Pinterest a lot for help and guidance on healthy recipes and simple exercises. – Alisha
I find it through other people. I follow a lot of people on Instagram and try to browse them, even if it’s just for few minutes each morning. Seeing other people with busy lives maintaining a healthy life pushes me to do the same. – Brittany
Myself. I want to live an amazing life. I want to continue to do the things I love. I want to live as normal of a life as I can. Therefore, I motivate and push myself to do everything in my capacity to live a healthy life. I keep an insanely strict diet, I exercise, I meditate. I also spend a ridiculous amount on supplements, I avoid toxins. It's definitely hard to keep it up, but my commitment to myself is so strong that I won't let anything break me! – Julie
I find my inspiration for a healthy and fit life from my fellow psoriatic disease bloggers. Because we all walk in each other’s shoes, they are the best dieticians and trainers I know! – Lori-Ann
My son and my husband! I know I need to operate at 110 percent every day, not just for me but for them. They push me to want to eat better, cook healthier meals for us, exercise as a family, and have an overall balanced life. – Sabrina
What is the biggest challenge of living a balanced life, and how do you overcome it?
The biggest challenge in living a balanced life for me is "social eating out.” I love to eat out at restaurants, not only because I love trying new food. But I LOVE spending time with friends and being in an exciting atmosphere. This habit can propose a huge threat of eating healthy. The way I overcome it now is by eating at home before I go out. That way when I’m at the actual restaurant I’m not starving and I am able to make smart, healthy decisions. – Alisha
Definitely trying to include a healthy diet into my busy lifestyle. With work, blogging, side jobs, and traveling, a healthy diet can be hard on the run. I pre-pack my lunches and snacks, so it's easy to grab and go. That helps a lot. – Brittany
My biggest challenge is dealing with the mental versus physical aspect of myself. Mentally I want to accomplish so much, I want to keep going and keep the same pace of life I was living before. But physically, my body sends me signals indicating that it can't keep up. My hands hurt, my energy dips, and brain fog starts to set in. It can be extremely frustrating. But at the end of the day, I have to remember I can only do what I can and that has to be good enough for me. As long as I know I'm putting in as much effort as I can, I have to accept that as my best! – Julie
My biggest challenge in living a balanced life has been keeping active. I am lazy by nature, but I know it is good for my psoriasis and me. To overcome this challenge, I try to add steps into my regular routine versus driving or riding in a car. – Lori-Ann
I think the biggest challenge is actually finding a balance. We’re all busy on a day to day basis: work, family, friends, etc. There’s one thing I always do when I get home: I put my phone away so that I am truly present when I’m spending time with my family. Everything else can wait. If you’re with your family, be with your family (no phones, TV, computers). Same for work. Then a balanced life will come naturally. – Sabrina
What’s your best piece of advice for living a balanced life while having psoriasis?
- When it comes to food: plan ahead. I have a part-time job, which requires me to be on-the-go a lot! It's really easy to get stuck purchasing fast food because it's convenient and EVERYWHERE. Set aside a day to meal plan and prepare food days in advance. It pays off in the long run! - Alisha
Try to make a little time for YOU whether that is yoga, meditation, or simply reading a book. I think by making time for yourself and the things that make you and your body happy, you lower your stress and increase your happiness. When you’re happy, that means less stress. Less stress has led to lower psoriasis flare ups. Who doesn’t want that! – Brittany
Make time for the things that light you up. Just because you have psoriatic disease doesn't mean you still can't participate in the things you enjoy. You may need to make some adjustments and modifications, but where there's a will there's a way! Never lose hope, faith, or trust! – Julie
Self-care must be a priority. My life is not all work or all family. It’s a balance of both. I take time to move, to rest, and to pamper myself, especially during a psoriasis flare. – Lori-Ann
There’s two things: 1) Take time for yourself. Living with a complicated disease like psoriasis can be time-consuming and stressful. Just take 15 minutes out of each day to do something for yourself. Even if it’s just to sit down and take few deep breaths. It helps so much! 2) Talk! Talk to your husband, talk to your friends, talk to your co-workers about how having psoriasis makes you feel. Be an advocate for yourself and start telling others about this disease! – Sabrina
Do you know someone who is making strides while living with psoriasis? We’d love to know! Tell us below!