Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and its affects

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects around 1 in 5 people and the most common age to develop this condition is between 20 and 30. IBS tends to affect more women than men and although there is no specific cure, it can certainly be managed by changes to your lifestyle, diet and thinking styles.

Irritable bowel sufferers have several different symptoms, and if you think you have this condition, it is certainly a good idea to visit your GP to rule out any other conditions. The most common symptoms are bloating, stomach pain and cramp, constipation and diarrhoea, and people will often experience a bout of IBS during stressful times or after eating certain foods.

IBS is a very unpleasant and upsetting condition but if you can reduce any stress in your life, avoid those certain foods that you know will aggravate it and alter your thinking styles, you can certainly go a long way to improving this condition and thus gaining a great deal of peace of mind.

So how can your thoughts affect your IBS? If you are expecting to suffer from an episode of Irritable bowel syndrome, you are immediately suggesting to yourself that it’s going to happen and therefore it most likely will happen. Stress and anxiety will aggravate it, so in my hypnotherapy sessions we look at relaxation techniques and suggestion therapy to calm your mind which will in turn help to stop those thoughts of “My IBS is going to flare up and I’m about to sit an exam / driving test / do a presentation”. It may be that you are simply going out shopping and you are worried about a flare up, but with the right techniques and suggestions to yourself, you can absolutely help yourself to avoid any flare ups occurring. Your sub conscious is extremely powerful, and with the right information and thoughts you can gain control of your mind, enabling you to be happier, calmer and far more relaxed.

For any more information about Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or to book a free initial consultation please call Rob on 01202 245020 or 07920 885015.

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