The type of treatment irritable bowel syndrome requires starts with finding ways to reduce the stressors in your life. Common opinion is that increased stress is a huge trigger for irritable bowel syndrome sufferers.
There are many ways to reduce the stress in your life. For starters, try keeping a journal. Keep a notebook on your bedside table and at the end of your day, right before you go to bed, write down everything about your day. Write about the things that were the major stressors of the day. Getting things out and putting them down on paper so you can see them somehow makes them seem less important and more manageable.
For some people, relaxing is not easy. So to learn how to relax you may need some help. Now don’t laugh, actually, go ahead and laugh. Did you know laughter is one of the best stress relievers there is? And it’s free! Get together with friends and go to a comedy show or just turn on the comedy channel on tv. Laugh, laugh, laugh. All of a sudden you will feel better than you have for a long time.
Another stress relief treatment irritable bowel syndrome will respond favorably to is Yoga. Find a yoga class and join up. Make sure it is a beginner’s class because some of those advanced moves can be quite strenuous and you really should work up to them. Yoga can be quite a good workout, believe it or not. A good yoga instructor will include relaxation breathing techniques into their workouts and learning how to breathe correctly can reduce stress also.
Just take a walk. Pack a picnic lunch and go commune with nature for an hour or so once a week. There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying the natural beauty of the world around us. Make sure to take your camera with you, you might just get some great shots of wildlife and scenery.
Listen to your favorite music, sing along at the top of your lungs and, if you feel like it, dance like no one is watching. The fact that no one is watching is beside the point. The point is learning to be free enough to dance alone in your livingroom. Light some scented candles and add some aromatherapy to your dancing and singing.
I know a big stressor for a lot of people is putting something off that needs to be done. Procrastination. You can do yourself a favor and reduce a great amount of stress by not procrastinating. If something needs to be done, just do it and get it done. There, no more stress. That wasn’t so bad now was it?
Hopefully these suggestions will help you reduce the amount of stress you have in your life and help reduce flare-ups of your irritable bowel syndrome. Who knows, maybe some stress relief is all you need to relieve your symptoms. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed by this list either, pick one or two to start with. If they work, great! If they don’t, then you have others to choose from to find one that works as a treatment irritable bowel syndrome responds to.