Chronic urticaria, or hives that won’t go away, can have a profound impact on mental health. Studies have found that one in three people with chronic urticaria experience anxiety, emotional stress, or depression. The unpredictable nature of the condition can make daily activities difficult, leading to feelings of helplessness and social isolation.
Fortunately, there are actions you can take to support your mental health while living with chronic urticaria. Here are ten steps you can follow:
Connect with your doctor: Work with your doctor to find the right diagnosis and treatment plan. Seeing a specialist, such as an allergist or dermatologist, can help. Make a list of questions to ask so you can get the information you need.
Meet with a mental health professional: Seek out a therapist who can help with anxiety, stress, and depression related to your chronic urticaria. Emotional support is crucial.
Find support groups: Look for both online and local support groups to connect with others who understand what you’re going through. Be cautious of misinformation, and always talk to your doctor about any information or advice you find online.
Grow your personal support system: Surround yourself with family and friends. If you’re new to an area, join a club or volunteer in your community to meet new people.
Move your body: Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins, which can improve your well-being. Find physical activities that feel good and don’t worsen your hives.
Meditate daily: Meditation can help manage anxiety, stress, depression, pain, and other symptoms. Being mindful can keep you moving forward.
Choose enjoyment: Focus on activities that bring you joy. Trying new things can help maintain a healthy outlook.
Write it down: Journaling can help reduce mental distress. Write in a private space online or in a physical book.
Get a pet or houseplant: Taking care of something can help you take care of yourself. If furry pets trigger your hives, consider a non-furry pet or a simple houseplant.
Eat healthy: A healthy diet can help manage chronic urticaria. Low-histamine foods such as vegetables, fresh and lean meats, rice, and pasta can help. Be careful not to eat foods that worsen symptoms.
Living with chronic urticaria can be challenging, but taking these ten actions can help support your mental health. Work with your doctor, seek out emotional support, find a community, and take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Remember, you’re not alone.