For those who struggle with gastrointestinal issues, you might be aware that stress or anxiety can make the condition worse. Whether it’s stomachaches, excessive bloating, gas, constipation, or nausea; all of these can become more exacerbated with stress. Studies have shown that mindfulness and stress reduction can help improve IBS symptoms. In a world that is so fast-paced and busy, it can be hard to practice mindfulness throughout the day. However, managing stress and improving mindfulness can help prevent or ease flare-ups of IBS.
Ways to practice mindfulness
For those who struggle with meditation or journaling, expressing gratitude can be an easy step to ease the mind and note the positives in your life. Expressing gratitude can be achieved in many forms.
Sending a text to a friend or loved one about how much you appreciate them is an awesome way to make up someone’s day.
If you want to keep it more personal, make a daily list at the beginning or end of your day.
Gratitude can help set intentions and areas where you want to spend more time in your life. Counting your blessings is a great way to put life into perspective and ease stress.
Meditation and yoga is an effective way to practice mindfulness. Both exercises focus on connecting the body and mind with stillness or movement.
Meditation can help silence anxieties and give the mind a break from constantly racing.
Yoga can achieve this same aim by