Traveling With Ease With IBS
For some people, traveling can be stressful. Having to pack, delayed flights and crowded airports can be difficult for most anyone. But for those with IBS, traveling can become a traumatic and difficult experience. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that deals with the digestive system. It’s widely believed that IBS is developed through stress, but researchers have found that many people who have IBS developed the disorder through food poisoning.
Symptoms and side effects of IBS can become extremely uncomfortable when they are triggered through food, stress, etc. making traveling difficult and unmanageable. Knowing what can trigger your IBS is an important step in managing symptoms and side effects when you are traveling. It is best to prepare beforehand once you know that you are going on a trip so that you can enjoy your time away.
Here are a few tips to consider when going on a trip for those who have IBS:
Mentally prepare yourself before your travels.
Anxiety and stress can trigger IBS symptoms and for some people, their stress levels rise when they begin to think about bathroom accessibility, food and symptom discomfort. So, before you begin to think about your trip take a moment to visualize yourself handling different situations that may occur, such as difficulty accessing a bathroom, flight delays, etc. Mentally prepare a plan of action for when such situations occur that way if they do happen you will not stress out and have anxiety because you will already know what to do.