Life can be a circus. Most of us lead busy lives: we work a full-time job, we are parents, we volunteer, we socialize, we exercise… and somehow get some sleep here and there as well. Often, we neglect ourselves and our own needs as we take care of others. If you are affected by hemorrhoids, being overly busy and not taking enough time for self-care can be detrimental and aggravate the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Sometimes, it just takes being more intentional to take care of yourself so you can be more effective in your other roles. Here are some simple steps to take a few more moments of “me time” for your overall wellness and healing.
- Do not resist the urge to use the restroom—Teachers, nurses and mothers of young children struggle with this the most. Being “too busy to go to the bathroom” can cause constipation and flare-ups in existing hemorrhoids. Take the time to use the restroom at the proper time.
- Stay hydrated—If you suffer from hemorrhoids, you need to drink more than 64 ounces of water per day to keep stools soft and regular. Cut down on alcohol and caffeine which can cause hardened stools.
- Increase fiber intake—Women should intake a minimum of 25 grams of fiber per day, and men should intake a minimum of 38 grams of fiber per day. If you do not get enough fiber in your diet, talk to your doctor about a fiber supplement.
- Commit to exercise—Being active for 45 minutes at least three times per week is beneficial for all your body systems and not just your hemorrhoids. If you have a desk job, you should get up every hour to relieve pressure and improve circulation.
- Use water therapy—Taking sitz baths, soaking in a tub or even using compresses is extremely therapeutic for hemorrhoids. Water is soothing and can take away the itchy irritation associated with hemorrhoids. Take the time to relax in the tub after a long day, even for just 30 minutes.
Everyone has the same number of hours in the day. Careful time management is the key to getting everything done on our “to do” list and not neglecting ourselves either. Good habits take time to form, so be patient with yourself as you make these healthy decisions to benefit yourself. Celebrate a healthier and happier you by gifting yourself with a moments of extra time in your day! (Source: MSN.com)