Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers (cont.)
3. Stress and Anxiety Triggers for IBS
anxiety can exacerbate IBS symptoms such as constipation,
diarrhea, stomach pain, and bloating. Different things cause stress for
different people. Stress can include:
- Problems at work
- Problems at home
- Financial problems
- A sense that things are beyond your control
- Practice healthy living. Eat a well-balanced diet that is appropriate for
your IBS. Get regular exercise and enough
- Do something fun. Listen to music, read, shop, or take a walk.
- Try behavioral therapy. Learn how to calm yourself down with the help of
techniques such as relaxation therapy, biofeedback, hypnotherapy, cognitive
behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy.
- Talk to people. If you feel comfortable doing so, tell your family members,
close friends, boss, and co-workers about your IBS. They may provide vital
support. Plus, the conversation may prevent any misunderstandings when your
symptoms flare up and you are not able to meet expectations.
- Plan ahead. Ease worries about going out lest your symptoms flare up. Get up
earlier if you know IBS makes you late for work. If you are driving, map your
route so that you know locations of bathrooms. At social events, choose aisle
seats close to the facilities. Know what's on the menu so you can eat beforehand
if the food will not be agreeable to you.
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