Easy Tips to Relax: IBD

Easy Tips to Relax: IBD
Tips for Relaxation With IBD, fatigue alone can cause a great deal of stress. You have things you need to get done, but your colon has other plans for you. When people tell you to "relax", you can do anything but relax! You become tense. There’s something about those words — relax, be calm, and calm down — that trigger a deep emotional response in most of us. These easy relaxation tips are so simple you can do them from your bed — if you have to!       When you have a chronic illness it is very important to properly deal with stress. When done correctly, these easy tips can open up natural relaxation responses that might help improve your health. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) considers relaxation exercises to be safe for most people. However, just like with exercise routines, people with serious physical health problems like IBD should discuss the techniques with their healthcare provider before starting a relaxation routine. There are many viable techniques for relaxing. These include deep breathing exercises, self-hypnosis, and guided imagery. Each relaxation technique goal is to produce a natural reaction from the body. This should include: lower blood pressure, slower breathing, and a sense of well-being. We found five easy tips to relax that are simple enough for most people to do in a chair or while lying in bed. The first two relaxation tips come from Harvard University and the last three are from the University of Michigan. Place your hand just beneath your navel so you can feel the gentle rise and fall of your belly as you breathe. Breathe in. Pause for a count of three. Breathe out. Pause for a count of three. Continue to breathe deeply for one minute, pausing for a count of three af
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