Ulcerative Colitis & Stress

Anyone who lives with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) knows that coping with it can be challenging. New routines, such as starting school or the first day at a new office, can cause stress. When someone is diagnosed with UC, even a relaxing and pleasurable event, such as a romantic outdoor picnic, can become anxiety-filled. The need to know what food and drinks are available or if they will be able to reach a nearby bathroom in time can cause stress and anxiety.

It is important to note that anxiety or stress don’t cause UC. Stress, however, can make some people with UC more vulnerable to flare-ups. Living with UC can cause stress, and stress might aggravate existing UC.

So, how can you break this vicious cycle?

It is recommended to talk about the mental and emotional aspects of the disease with your healthcare team. They could assist you in managing symptoms and improving your quality of life. They might suggest cognitive behavioral therapy, lifestyle modifications, or stress management techniques.

Some lifestyle modifications that might be helpful involve planning ahead and sticking to a regular schedule, including eating a sensible diet, avoiding problematic foods, taking medications as directed, and getting enough sleep.

Some stress management techniques involve regular exercise and relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises.

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