Stress and Constipation

Published on January 22, 2016

About Constipation

Symptoms of constipation can vary from person to person. Still, there are a few defining characteristics which are tell-tale signs of constipation. For most people suffering from constipation, the main symptoms include infrequent stools, usually less than three times a week, trouble having bowel movements, and hard or dry stools. For many individuals, these symptoms cause discomfort, bloating, and gas.

Stress and Constipation

Constipation can be the result of diet, lifestyle, medical conditions, medications, medical and psychiatric disorders. Stress can also cause constipation. Your body is unable to relax, which will interfere with bowel movements, if you are rushed or feeling stressed. Individuals diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome often see a link between symptoms flare ups and added stress in their life.

Managing Stress for Constipation Relief

If it seems that stress in your life is causing constipation or worsening of your irritable bowel symptoms, there are steps you can to relieve constipation. Individuals with stress related irritable bowel symptoms who work to manage their stress and establish routine in their life can see their symptoms improve. There are many steps you can take to reduce the effects of stress on your health, including:

  • Therapy: If the stress in your life is difficult to manage, a therapist can assist you in developing coping skills as a means of better handling stress. Individuals with IBS have seen their symptoms improve after hypnotherapy or cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • Exercise: There are so many benefits of regular exercise. Exercise not only helps you to de-stress, it also stimulates bowel movement–aiding in treating constipation.
  • Find Support: If you have irritable bowel syndrome, you know that keeping discreet when you are making multiple trips to the bathroom can only increase your stress. Finding someone to talk openly and honestly about your struggle with irritable bowel syndrome is an important step in reducing stress and beginning to treat yourself.
  • Relaxation Techniques: If you find that you are stress or having trouble relaxing, find new ways to relax. Meditation is helpful in processing your emotions. Deep breathing can help you to calm anxiety as it slows your heart rate. Making time for self-care activities such as a massage, time outdoors, or indulging in your favourite hobbies is also a great way to reduce stress.
  • Try Dulcolax®: When stress related constipation is disrupting your routine and causing discomfort, this can only add to your feelings of stress and anxiety. Dulcolax® is a gentle laxative that relieves constipation by stimulating the bowels and softening dry and hard stools.

It may not always be possible to avoid the factors causing you to feel stressed or anxious. Even so, you don’t have to live your life plagued by stress related constipation. Trying out the suggestions above and making lifestyle choices can make a big difference in relieving constipation.

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