As if having Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) isn’t tough enough, triggering it with stress and anxiety is known to worsen your symptoms and can push you overboard.
One line of attack to cope with these feelings is behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy can be a very helpful tool, in helping anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations. It helps people learn how to better cope with discomfort, resulting in walling off severe IBS symptoms. It is simply used to replace bad habits with good ones. Here are some different types of behavioral therapy techniques that you could try to incorporate into your routine:
1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – a form of psychotherapy that helps you become aware of negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. Think “problem focused” and “action oriented”.
2. Relaxation Therapy – a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. This includes meditation, deep breathing, improving concentration, muscle relaxation etc. All of these techniques put your body in a blissful state of mind.
3. Hypnotherapy – using hypnosis to teach people how to master their own states of awareness. This allows people to control their own bodily functions and psychological responses.
4. Biofeedback – technique used to learn to control your body’s daily functions such as your heart rate. It gives you the power to use your thoughts to control your body through the use of an electrical device, which enables people to recognize their body’s response to stress.
To get the most out of utilizing these different techniques, pair them with other positive coping methods such as going for a jog or a run, getting plenty of sleep, staying hydrated, and staying in touch with family members and friends on how you are doing.
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