stress and constipation

Stress And Constipation

The link between the mind and the digestion process

Your body is sensitive and easily affected by changes in routine, stress or anxiety. If you find yourself getting constipated or bloated when you’re stressed, you’re definitely not alone. Anything that causes stress can also have a negative effect on your digestion and other body cycles.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Stress is also a possible cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). And since relatively few people see a doctor directly about the problem, the actual number is probably considerably higher. The most common symptoms are abdominal pain, a bloated stomach, trapped wind and alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhoea. However, IBS is not dangerous if other stomach and bowel sicknesses have been ruled out by a doctor.

Exercise and relaxation

There are some simple things you can do to help manage your stress. Sport and regular exercise are a natural way to reduce anxiety and negative feelings. As little as 30 minutes a day is enough: just go for a walk in the fresh air a little more often and find a sport that you’d like to do regularly and have access to. If you’re worried about something or have a problem, talk to your family and friends about it and work out a solution. If you often find yourself under a lot of pressure, think about learning one or more relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga.