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,