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How To Prevent Eczema Through Stress Management

Aug 17, 2007
Stress can lead to an eczema outbreak. There is an increased tendency to itch whenever you feel pressurized or unable to cope with the situation at hand. Over a period of time, you can find that your eczema becomes increasingly uncontrollable as you cannot stop the itch. Thus, you can prevent eczema through stress management.

Yet, it will be impractical for me to advise you to avoid stress and hence prevent eczema from happening altogether. We cannot escape stress from our environment today. All of us face stress in one situation or another, almost every other day. Stress is not all the bad. There is good stress, which motivates you. Bad stress is those that cause an overload to your body systems and give rise to a host of health problems. Here is what stress can lead to: mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression.

It is obvious that if you can learn how to manage stress and cope better, you can prevent eczema. Here are some easy ways for you to take action:

- Consider what are the factors that trigger stress for you? Is it work related? Exam related? Are you feeling overwhelmed because you feel that you have too much to do? Then, it is important that you prioritize. Break your tasks into smaller manageable ones. Work out a schedule to reach your goals.

- Have a good laugh. Watch a comedy, read a funny book, listen or tell a joke or describe a hilarious moment to a family member or friend. Laughter is not only a good outlet for stress but it also has a number of health benefits. Laughter activates the immune system, it lower blood pressure, and it triggers the release of the natural painkillers, endorphins, in your body. Laughter also reduces stress hormones, helps reduce pain, allows muscles to relax and is very helpful for the breathing process as frequent bouts of laughter empties air from the lungs.

- Take time out to relax and put your worries aside. It may be getting together with friends, watching a movie or playing a game of tennis. You can also distract yourself with artistic pursuits such as painting, pottery or writing poetry. Finding ways to de-stress can help decrease your flare-ups tremendously, not to mention also improving your quality of life.

- Learn relaxation techniques such as meditation or breathing exercises. This helps you to feel calm and peaceful and not over react unnecessarily to external events. Practice these techniques in the mornings or at night every day.

It is important that you learn how to make peace with stress and keep things in perspective, since you cannot completely escape stress. Prevent eczema by getting less tense. When you feel less tense, you are less likely to have a body reaction including an uncontrollable urge to scratch yourself.
About the Author
Evelyn Lim tests and rates natural eczema treatment methods and products through her online journal. To read on her quest to find an eczema treatment, click here http://www.eczemaskintreatment.com .
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