Here are just a few day-to-day things that might make you stressed, anxious or nervous:
- Public speaking
- Exams & interviews
- Important social events
- Personal problems
- Being overly busy
- Work issues
How to deal with stress
We all get stressed now and then. Diarrhoea can be your body’s way of telling you that something might be wrong. But it can of course make life even more difficult for you. So it’s best to deal with the causes of your stress first.
- Make ‘me’ time. Create time to relax and recharge; take proper lunch breaks at work; read an interesting magazine; listen to some music; run yourself a relaxing bath.
- Get enough sleep. We all perform better when we’re properly rested.
- Share your problems. You know what they say about a problem shared. If you let people around you know what you’re going through, you’ll feel better for having talked to someone and they might even be able to help.
- Exercise. A great way to de-stress, boost confidence and help keep your digestive system healthy. Yoga with its focus on calmness, meditation, deep breathing and stretching, could help relieve stress.
- Diet. Avoid snacking on sugary foods – a sugar rush won’t help your system or your stress levels. Try to eat fruit, vegetables and oaty snacks instead and avoid too much alcohol and fatty foods, which can irritate your gut and trigger diarrhoea.
- Keep your sense of humour. Laughter is a great stress reducer and also boosts the immune system, which is often weakened by stress. Try to see the funny side of life!