Today is World Mental Health day. Did you know that there is a relationship between psychiatric illnesses and skin disease?
In 2009, a study conducted by Parker Magin, PhD, David Sibbritt, PhD and Kylie Bailey, MPsych, discovered that depression, anxiety and stress is a factor in the causation of skin diseases.
In a sample size of 6630 women, they found that women with skin problems had the highest levels of depression symptoms.
Table 1: Correlation between skin problems and stress
One way to reduce and manage skin problems is to lower stress and gain better mental health.
Here are three methods to lower stress:
Exercise releases endorphins. This helps boost your mood and burn away anger, tension and frustration. Simple things like going to a yoga class, walking to the local shops and playing with your dog are beneficial.
- Connect with others
Reach out to family and friends. They may not be problem solvers but having someone to talk to and vent out frustration is surprisingly therapeutic.
- Get enough sleep
Get enough sleep and put away some time to unwind. This can be difficult with a busy schedule such as juggling work and study – but make the most of that procrastination time!