As we know, Stress plays an important role in the onset, and also spread of Vitiligo. It has many side effects besides Vitiligo, and the more we are able to cope or alleviate the amount of stress in our lives, the better it is for our overall long term health. Stress and Vitiligo do have a strong connection when it comes to preventing the further spread of Vitiligo.
We all experience varying degrees of stress throughout our lives, whether it’s from our job or personal life that sometimes gets the better of us.
Learning to manage stress is important for our well being. Unmanaged it can hamper your overall performance, and ultimately stress you out even more.
This snowball effect is very difficult for all of us that suffer from Vitiligo as we ultimately have to deal with the social impact of having the condition, as well as looking after our own stress levels.
Being diagnosed with Vitiligo is very, very stressful!
“What are our friends and family going to think about this ‘disease’ I have?”, or “Do they think it is contagious?” are just some of the questions we feel they may be asking themselves.
I personally was diagnosed with Vitiligo some years ago. My Dermatologist at that time was not sympathetic and told me it was ‘probably hereditary’. He said that I should accept it and move on. He did not offer my any further advice and so I left feeling completely helpless. I really did not know where to turn to advise and guidance.
Over the next few months I watched the spots spreading further. Some of them started turning into patches. That’s when I then decided enough was enough and I needed to do something about it instead of just watching it spread!
I had already done some research on the net, but found too much of the information to be contradictory.
One thing that come up often was the fact that Stress was a big contributor in the majority of cases.
Thinking back, I had developed a flare up of Rosacea before the diagnosis of Vitiligo. As this condition healed I noticed areas of my skin losing pigmentation. Obviously Vitiligo. Why did the Dermatologist not pick this up?
Changing my lifestyle
I began by changing my personal lifestyle. I still had to work, and cope with stress at work and home, but I needed an outlet for this stress.
I started by taking a short stroll three times a week. This small exercise made me feel good and a lot more relaxed afterwards.
I also started eating more frequently. I started eating three small meals a day and cut down on caffeine and soda drinks.
My strolls three times a week changed into short jogs, and I started to ‘feel’ a lot better in myself.
I noticed that the spread of Vitiligo on my body started to slow down as I started to de-stress. For someone who does not have Vitiligo, this may seem insignificant, but I felt over the moon!
This made me exercise and watch my eating habits more closely.
The spots and patches I had (covering about 15% of my body) had now stopped spreading, but had not started to pigment.
I then tried various treatments, and came across the Vitilox Pigmentation Cream. This Cream worked for me, and I continued treatment until my natural skin tone was restored.
I still take the Vitilox Vitamins. Firstly as a precaution and secondly as a supplement. The added advantage is that they make me feel more alive and energetic!
I still exercise, not because I am worried about the Vitiligo anymore, but because I enjoy it!
I would recommend that you try cut down your stress levels as much as possible as well as watching your diet. Once the spread of Vitiligo starts to slow down the pigmentation process can begin.
Keep positive, and remember you are not alone in your quest to rid yourself of Vitiligo!
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