Believe me, I am not trying to make light of irritable bowel syndrome. I simply believe that every ailment can be tackled in a number of different ways. And the impact that the mind has is a very significant one. This article is not written by someone in medicine. It is written by a life coach. Someone who has first hand experience of seeing, and working with the negative impact that thoughts can have on us. In all areas! In our work, our personal life, our ability to do well at sports, and with our health; to name but a few. But for this article the focus is irritable bowel syndrome.
If you have IBS you no doubt are aware that stress is one of the triggers? You may also be aware of key food stuffs that you are best off avoiding. Are you always avoiding those foodstuffs? And are you doing your best to avoid stress?
Simple ways to prevent stress aggravating your irritable bowel syndrome.
Do something every day that relaxes you (and I don't mean watch tv. Is Eastenders relaxing? No. Is the news relaxating? No. Is a tense drama relaxing? No.)
Take a little time at the end of every day to write a list for the next day. And put a star against the priority items (no more than 3). This is your way of getting closure on the day, and letting your mind know that you will remember what needs doing tomorrow, so you don't need to think about it tonight.
Give yourself some feedback at the end of the day, on what you have done well.
If you feel stressed, rather than comfort eating, go for a 10 minute walk.
Talk about what is worrying you. Some outside perspective can make all the difference.
Ask yourself whether this is really as big a problem as you are making it out to be...
When you are tired, rest. This will help not just your body, but your mind as well. Stress is a result of not feeling fully capable. The more tired you are the less capable you will feel.
If your IBS has already been activated, then be mindful that this is your body telling you it is time to rest. It probably gave you a more subtle hint earlier which you didn't notice, or chose to ignore. Pay full attention to this signal. Our bodies are designed to rest more often than we allow them to. Don't abuse yours.
Think about yourself as a healthy, strong person. Who looks after themselves and loves relaxing. Focus on this, rather than any negative thoughts about your health. The negative thoughts make it more difficult for your subconscious mind to heal your body, as you are telling it about illness, rather than health.
Bear all of this in mind. And whatever is stressing you, talk about it. There is always someone willing to listen.