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Tips for Managing Stress with HS

We all suffer from stress from time to time, it's inevitable. Stress and HS tend to go hand in hand because let's be real - how could they not? When our bodies are working against us and causing us pain, it's hard to stay calm. For me, stress is my biggest HS trigger so it's essential that I keep my stress levels down. Here are some tips that I've gathered over the years and I hope they can help you too!

Listen to your body

I know this may seem like an obvious one, but our bodies often give us a sign when it needs to rest. This may not always be possible as life sometimes gets in the way. However, during these times I try to prioritize tasks and only do the things that absolutely need to be done, like college work. The rest can wait. Sometimes, that means canceling plans. I often feel guilty about doing this but I'm working on it. Remember, your health comes first!

Sleep

Getting a good night's sleep is essential for keeping my stress levels down. If I have a lot of worries or stress piling up, it can sometimes be hard to get a full night's sleep. During these times, I try my best to do some self-care. That can be anything from journalling, reaching out to other HS warriors in the community, or doing some simple breathing exercises before bed. It may sound simple but it helps me a lot.

Keeping on top of your medication

Again, this may sound simple but in times of extra worry or stress, it can be hard to remember these simple tasks. As you may know, HS can be unpredictable as it is so if you are taking medication to try and help your HS, it's key to take your meds. This goes for any medication you may take may it be for your physical or mental health. The best tip I have for managing your medication is getting a pill box. I organize my medication once a week so it makes it so much easier and stress-free when it comes to taking it.

Don't bottle it up

This one is key for me. I tend to keep things bottled up inside until it gets too much. This only causes me more stress and feelings of overwhelm which sends my body into overdrive. This is usually when I flare the most. I find it hugely important to reach out when you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed. If something is bothering you don't hesitate to reach out to someone. If it's life in general that's bothering you, talk to a trusted friend or family member.

If you're feeling down about HS, reach out to us. There's a whole community of HS warriors wanting to help any way we can. HS can be so tough but I feel sharing with a community that gets it helps immensely!

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