IBD Complicates Vacation, but Taking a Break Is Essential to Mental Health

IBD Complicates Vacation, but Taking a Break Is Essential to Mental Health
Going on Vacation with Crohn's Disease and IBD When you take a vacation and some time "away from it all," your chronic illness doesn't get the memo. Your body is not invincible, so you must practice self-care during your vacation. Once you've gotten your hopes up for a few great days off, prepare for the worst due to chronic illness's unpredictability. Sometimes chronic illness can entirely obstruct a trip or vacation. For example, you might get sick on the planned vacation days. But mental breaks are essential, so plan another vacation if you can. When vacationing, take time for yourself, know your limitations, plan, and avoid pressuring yourself by overburdening your schedule with obligations. Take a "me day" between activity days to recover, whether that means spending a day shopping or resting in your hotel room. Stress, exhaustion, and fatigue can still exist when vacationing, so stop, rest, and enjoy little things if your body can't leap into full adventure mode. Knowing your limitations is imperative to a successful trip. I recently went on vacation to Arizona and had to decline invites for long hikes, knowing my unprepared body wouldn't cope well with such stress. Many times, I urged my body to give me a break, but that's not how Crohn's disease or any illness works. There are no "off days." Instead, I used that time to sightsee and do smaller hikes. That not only served my body's needs but also spared my companions from listening to me compl
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