Is Stress Impacting My IBS?
Symptoms of StressIt may be difficult to distinguish some of your IBS symptoms from other gastrointestinal symptoms, but watch for these:
- Sudden onset of stomach cramps
- Bouts of diarrhea
- Nausea that goes away with deep breaths
- Changes in and/or loss of appetite
- Stomach or abdominal pain
How to Reduce StressWe are living in uncharted times, and stress is something that has impacted all of us. Whether you are experiencing aggravated IBS symptoms or not, reducing stress levels is good for your health. Try these five things to reduce stress:
- Breathing and Meditation. Whether you do this on your own or find a guided video to lead you, meditation and breathing exercises can reduce stress quickly.
- Work out. Exercise is one of the best ways to alleviate stress. It doesn’t have to be a huge exertion – even just a walk out in the fresh air will do.
- Talk to a friend. Social isolation is difficult, and it can lead to extreme stress for some people. Even if you live in an area where you’re still unable to return to work or school, set up time to Skype or Facetime with friends. Maintain your connections to others.
- Monitor your diet. Stress is a big cause of binge-eating and eating things that cause more harm than good. Be sure to continue to monitor what you eat and follow your prescribed diet to protect your gut health.