Meditation has been shown to alter pain perception by influencing brain activity in areas responsible for pain processing. With IBS patients experiencing hypersensitivity within the organs, meditation offers a natural, non-drug approach to manage pain and discomfort.Studies have suggested that meditation practices can positively influence the gut-brain axis by promoting a healthy gut microbiota balance and modulating neurotransmitter production. These changes may help restore gut function and alleviate the altered bowel function so common in IBS.
There are so many different forms of stress management techniques. Finding one that you like and will actually stick to is key.First and foremost, I think it is so important to evaluate the areas in your life that feel busy, overwhelming, and/or unsatisfying. While we all have tasks to complete that we don’t necessarily enjoy, we can try to clear out the extraneous and simplify.Ask for help from your partner, kids, friends, co-workers, family, neighbors, etc. We all need help and it is not a weakness to ask for it. Let’s reach out and strengthen our social connections and communities by helping each other more.Hire help if necessary and able.Busy is not good, after all. Rest is actually extremely therapeutic as well as necessary. It needs to be prioritized. This is one of the most important healthy lifestyle habits that promotes health and healing.
When you are ready for more intentional stress management, relaxation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing exercises, can calm the body’s stress response and positively impact the gut-brain axis. These techniques are easily accessible and can be incorporated into daily life to help you manage your IBS symptoms effectively.By incorporating meditation practices to regulate the gut-brain axis, and adopting stress management techniques to cope with the emotional aspects of IBS, you will certainly enhance your overall well-being and quality of life. As research continues to advance, the integration of these practices into IBS treatment plans holds promise for providing more effective and comprehensive care for those affected by this chronic gastrointestinal disorder.