Trust. A simple five-letter word, but also a complex metaphoric glue that can hold or break a relationship. Trust is the foundation of any relationship, whether it be with family, friends or a new love interest. However, building and maintaining that trust means opening up to another person and allowing yourself to be vulnerable.
Working toward developing trust can be especially difficult for someone living with psoriasis.
I’m here to answer some of the tough questions to help build and maintain a strong foundation between you and your loved ones without your psoriasis interfering. Below are some of the questions you may be asking yourself as you try to get closer to the people who mean the most to you.
HOW DO YOU ASK FOR SUPPORT FROM A LOVED ONE DURING A FLARE?
When you’re having a flare and need support, it’s important to educate your loved ones about what you’re feeling, both physically and emotionally. Sharing how your psoriasis is affecting you can help them understand the level of support you may need. They may know you need help, but be unsure of exactly what you want them to do or need the most. Remind yourself that it’s OKAY to ask your loved ones to help you with a task that you may have difficulty with because of your psoriasis. If you feel guilty in asking them to listen to your frustrations—don’t! This can be an opportunity to help them understand that although they may not be able to change what’s causing the frustration (your psoriasis), simply having them listen can provide a great sense of relief. Finally, take into consideration how good you feel when someone gives you a simple “thank you” for helping them in a time of need. Remember people like to be appreciated, so show your gratitude and let your loved one know how much you value them and their help.
CLICK HERE to read more of my Q&As about psoriasis on the “Psoriasis: The Inside Story” website.