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  • Useful lifestyle hints to help reduce the impact of psoriatic arthritis on your day-to day life

    A healthy lifestyle is essential for people with a chronic condition such as psoriatic arthritis. To help manage the disease, it is important that you keep active, and have a healthy diet, control your weight, avoid smoking and limit alcohol use.

    Support groups

    For many people, psoriatic arthritis can be an isolating condition. Finding support from others who understand how you feel and what you are going through could help you cope if you are finding things difficult. Support groups can increase your self-confidence, reduce feelings of isolation, and give you practical advice on dealing with your condition from others who have gone through the same experience. They can give you a chance to talk about things that someone without psoriatic arthritis may not understand, from coping at work to finding psoriasis-friendly clothes for an upcoming event. Support groups can also give you the opportunity to help others by sharing your experiences.

    There are national psoriatic arthritis communities that you could get involved with, including:

    If you are not sure if there is a support group in your area, talk to your doctor or nurse to find out if one is available, or check notice boards in health centres and pharmacies. If you find there isn’t a support group locally, you could think about starting one yourself. Alternatively, try exploring the psoriatic arthritis groups and communities that exist on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, where you can share how you feel with others.