We all know the vicious cycle: the more stressed you are, the more likely it is that the little things will get on top of you. Suddenly it feels like you’re in the middle of a hurricane and there’s no way out of the storm. It’s always tempting to run around trying to do a thousand jobs at once (which, let’s face it, is the clear route to achieving absolutely zilch), but with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) symptoms having a proven link to stress,1 sometimes the best thing you can do for your body is to step back and B R E A T H E.
We’ve found some awesome, completely free podcasts and apps to help you keep your stress (and possibly your symptoms) under control:
Created by the Mental Health Foundation UK, this 10 minute clip gives quick and easy breathing techniques which are perfect when you need to keep calm when on-the-go.
When it feels like you have hundreds of thoughts battling for space in your brain then sometimes the best way de-stress is to write everything down. Mindmeister helps you to list out everything on your mind and make a clear plan of action so that you feel ready to take on the world.
Not only does Stop, Think & Breathe offer simple meditations perfect for beginners, it also allows you to suit the meditation to your emotions or situation and tracks your mood throughout the week.
White Noise Lite is perfect for moments when you need to block everything out, or if you’re struggling to sleep, and this handy app means you can switch it on whenever you need it most!
Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.