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Stress & Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Though stress doesn't actually cause irritable bowel syndrome, it aggravates the symptoms enough where relief is needed.

Intestinal spasms are common in people who suffer with irritable bowel syndrome as a direct result of stress.That's why it's so important to reduce stress.The colon is particularly sensitive in those people who suffer with irritable bowel syndrome and responds to the tiniest bit of stress.Stress adds to the problem because sufferers are painful aware of their unwanted and uncomfortable symptoms.

A life of stress often leads the perfect segue to irritable bowel syndrome.It also has been confirmed that some type psychiatric disorder is sure to follow.Anxiety and depression are the most common forms of stress.If left unaddressed, irritable bowel symptoms will only worsen.

How to know if you're suffering with stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Sleeping difficulties, sickness, body aches, pains, and weakness, migraines, and tension headaches are some of the common symptoms associated with stress and irritable bowel syndrome.

Relief Options

Stress management relievers include:

  1. A log is recommended to record triggers of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.This may also provide the perfect forum to record your frustrations and emotions.
  2. Biofeedback.This type of therapy that relies on an electrical device.
  3. Breathing techniques.This is relaxation-type therapy.
  4. Cognitive behavioral therapy.This type of therapy focuses on the replacement of negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
  5. Diet.Trigger foods include alcohol, artificial preservatives, caffeine, carbonation, chocolate, hydrogenated fats, milk, and processed foods. Add plenty of water to your diet.Add fiber to your diet.
  6. Eating habits.Smaller meals are easier on the digestive system.Eat slowly.Eat in a nice environment.
  7. Exercise, games, or sports.Whatever you call it, get involved with regular physical activities.
  8. Guided imagery.This is a type of relaxation therapy.
  9. Herbs.Try chamomile, mint, and ginger to ease your stress levels and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
  10. Hobbies.Find new interests and cultivate them.
  11. Hypnotherapy.This type therapy requires a professional at the beginning to help the patient enter an altered state of consciousness.
  12. Massage.This will provide some needed relaxation.
  13. Music.Find your favorite song and relax.
  14. Organization.Being organized and prepared will take away stress levels.
  15. Relaxation therapy.This type of therapy focuses on peace and calm.
  16. Remove known stress in your life.If you find something constantly stresses you, get rid of it.Your health will suffer with stress.
  17. Sleep.Get plenty of rest.Keeping a regular schedule is important.
  18. Traditional psychotherapy.A patient is taught to recognize his feelings with professional help.
  19. Write.It may be the time to write that book you've always wanted to write.
  20. Talk.Find family or friends to share your feelings with.Or maybe you could join a support group or join a discussion board or chat room online.

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