Phone rings…. “Hello”?
“Oh hi, is that Inner Peace?”
“Yes it is, that must be Simon. Where are you?”
“I’m not sure, my sat nav says I’ve arrived but I’m outside the train station, I can’t see your house.”
“Ah, yes for some reason the sat nav always takes you there. You’re pretty close though. If you head south, take a right at the pub and straight over the next traffic lights, we’re about a hundred yards up on the right.”
“Okay, cool. I’ll see you shortly then.”
That’s basically me trying to find inner peace. You won’t find me in a remote temple, legs crossed, incense sticks burning as I try to become at one with psoriasis. I do think there is a great benefit though to find that happy place to improve your own well-being.
To find my happy place it has been a 14 year journey with psoriasis trying to drag me off course for most of that. How have I found my way there? Well it all started with a change in attitude from being negative about my condition to deciding I was going to live my life how I wanted. There is no point having this condition and at the same time letting it control you. Psoriasis may not want to go out, it may not want to eat certain foods and it may not want anyone around and to keep you all to itself. It’s not up to psoriasis what you do, it’s your life and it has decided to come along for the ride.
I have found this year especially that I am much more at peace with my skin. I have made just a few changes and some of it getting back to old ways. Moving last year has been key to the change and now we are settled in our new home everything is just so much easier. We are closer to town so can pop in any time we like without the stress of driving and parking or deciding you doesn’t drink. We have a pub next door which has brought with it a great new group of friends so when you just need a chat there is always someone there.
I now have the kitchen/diner I have wanted for so long which has rejuvenated my love of cooking. That joy of cooking means using more fresh ingredients, experimenting and just immersing myself in my passion. I have always said, if you have a passion, fill your life with it. My kitchen is a psoriasis free zone.
I have made a change to treatment regime as well. The new positive me has meant making sure I keep more to a routine, I still take days off but again this is what helps me keep things under my control. I decide when I will slather creams on, whether to use a rich ointment or a light cream or just soak in the bath.
I started the year by having a dead sea salt bath nearly every night. At the same time I was alternating between Dovobet and Dovonex so as not to be using the steroid treatment every day. When I ran out of these I didn’t go back to the doctor, in fact I cancelled my consultant appointment. I was still angry from the last appointment six months prior. Instead I carried on with the salt baths and adding in Aveeno bath oil now and then.
The added enjoyment of the bath was putting episodes of Doctor Who on the tablet. I would lay back and watch one of my favourite programmes without my wife moaning that it was Doctor Who again and asking how many times I need to watch the same episode. She can watch her reality TV or soaps and I watch what I want. It lets me enjoy my treatment routine.
Obviously I wouldn’t stay in the bath during a whole episode so the remainder of the time was used for moisturising. I have now turned to Aveeno, mainly using the moisturising cream and sometimes the lighter lotion depending what I’m going to be wearing. I am becoming a bit of an Aveeno fan as I even have the hand cream and shower gel.
The result? Much clearer skin, barely any flaking and a lot less itching. I stopped using any prescribed medication nearly two months ago now and I feel and look better than I have for some time. This is my own personal journey to inner peace. Finding what works for me, only making slight changes that fit in with my life and mean I can still enjoy life. The happier me is a healthier me. I wouldn’t say I have found inner peace, the journey will continue and will only terminate once psoriasis has stopped sitting in the back seat of my car.
The thing is that at least now I know what I’m looking for and I’m heading in the right direction. I wish you all well on your journey and don’t forget that we are some of the most amazing people in the world, otherwise why would psoriasis want to be with us so much?