5 Ways to Let Go of Jealousy When Living with Psoriatic Disease
Do you ever feel like your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis is holding you hostage? Is life just flying by while you’re stuck dealing with the endless burden of chronic disease? If so, you’re not alone. It’s all too easy, in this image-driven culture, to get caught up in the game of social comparison. We start to resent the people who post photos of the new house we can’t afford, the marathon we couldn’t run, or the bathing suit we don’t feel we could ever wear. We get jealous of other couples, whose relationships don’t bear the added strain that ours do, or the working moms who seem to be doing it all, while we are barely holding it together.
But negative feelings like these are a trap—they can keep us hostage. To live a more fulfilled life, we must learn to accept ourselves for who we are. Here are some simple strategies for doing that.
Talk or Write About Your Feelings
Jealousy is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. But when these feelings become chronic, all-consuming, or anxiety-provoking, that means they’ve evolved into something more serious. One of the most effective ways of ridding yourself of negative thoughts and emotions is to acknowledge and accept them.