Learning to Listen To My Body

Struggle, struggle, not so bad...pretty good. I feel great! Struggle, struggle, not so bad...I think you get the idea. This is the cycle that I feel like I go through constantly with IBS.

I never know exactly what to do to help myself feel better. The latest and greatest is grand resurgence of gastritis, combined with IBS with a spoonful of depression thrown in. Its probably more than a spoonful, but I don’t like to get more negative than I have to, to prove a point.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that sometimes I feel like I’m on a freight train of emotions and physical symptoms that is moving just to fast for me to make the right judgement call regarding my care. Luckily, the fact that this ‘freight train’ sensation is mostly in our minds can make things a bit easier if you learn to SLOW DOWN just a bit. Very often things needn’t be nearly as hard as we make them.

Slowing down to help myself

I’m not going to offer some game ending way to slow things down when we start to spiral. Everyone has a different way that works best for them. I like to write or listen to music. You might like to take a walk. I should say that these days, getting outside is probably pretty good for almost all of us if we can. Now that we’re all calmed down and clear headed, what’s next?

My particular problem is always feels like on some kind time clock, like if I don’t make decisions quickly and move quickly, my flares, my pain, my mental health will all just stay the same or get worse. You notice that I said that I felt like I needed to think and move QUICKLY. No, no, no. That will just us back on the train that put us in this situation in the first place.

Coping with IBS and mental health

Take your time. Make a list of things to try to help yourself feel better and slowly try to implement them. A therapist friend of mine once told me that I had made great progress if I just implemented one thing per day. So, if your diet seems the priority, set the game plan, but don’t feel the need to overhaul your kitchen overnight. If you feel as though your mental health is suffering and you decide to speak with a therapist or doctor (for medication) don’t give up if the first therapist or medication doesn’t work for you. This is not a race. This is all for us and we all deserve to feel better.

Hopefully, the simple act (or not so simple sometimes) of just slowing down will help immensely just on its own, without further need to act. My stomach issues, of which I have several (IBS, gastritis, and ulcers) tend to settle the more clarity and focus I have. The panic has to stop. I don’t want to suggest that everyone that suffers with chronic illness has panic attacks or feels the restlessness that some of us do. My thoughts here today are just meant to try to support those of us that struggle with this particular outlook on our issues. Hopefully, with just a touch of calm and mindfulness, we will feel a whole lot better in no time. Thanks for listening.

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