When dealing with topical steroid withdrawal or severe eczema (and even other health issues), it can be extremely exhausting. Physically, mentally and spiritually too.

This is why it’s extremely important to take a break.

Whether it’s calling in sick, staying in on a Friday night or just staying home all weekend…just take a break.

Just waking up with dry, flaky, red, inflamed, irritated skin every morning immediately puts hundreds of thoughts into my mind.

What can I do today to look “normal”?

What can I do to look presentable to society to reduce the amount of stares and questions I may get asked in public?

Most of the times, we itch and scratch, apply everything and anything to look normal on the outside to get on with our day to day. It’s hell of a lot easier to stay and hide home, but that ain’t feasible.

If I were to do that during my school days (high school, university, etc) I would still be in school because my skin was never “perfect”.

If I were to do that during my career, all my sick days and vacation days would have been exhausted by now.

What did I do?

I took a short-term sick leave from work until I was able to manage the day to day.

Even after joining work on a part time basis, it wasn’t easy.

My skin was still red, oozing here and there but I felt okay enough to go back.

What did topical steroid withdrawal taking a break do for me?

It gave me the peace of mind to actually deal with topical steroid withdrawal.

Instead of waking up to an alarm after barely any sleep, I didn’t need to stress about work or worrying about what I needed to do to look presentable.

I wasn’t at the stage where I couldn’t give zero F’s about what people thought of me or how they viewed me. I always wondered what people thought when they looked at my topical steroid withdrawal skin.

Just waking up was a mission itself, my skin hurt, my muscles hurt, moving hurt. As soon as I started moving, the itching would start and the constant uncomfortableness started all over again.

Instead of worrying about all those things, I was able to focus on myself and health. Giving it the mental and physical rest it needed.

I was fortunate enough to take time off from work.

If you aren’t in a position like that, just remember to take some time off whenever you can.

Whether it’s using a sick day, one vacation day, working with your HR department, taking a semester off, taking a half day, saying no to going out, just remember to…

Struggling with topical steroid withdrawal?

I’ve tried a lot of treatments and diets in the past, but the one thing that made the biggest difference is focusing on nutrition to heal from the inside out.

It is also very important to work with a healthcare practitioner to make sure you can adjust to this type of lifestyle and stay on track!

If you are embarking on the the eczema or topical steroid withdrawal journey and interested in a skin health coach to support you, please contact me via Instagram and Facebook for a complimentary 30min call!

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