Stress and the way we deal with stress can lead to a number of health complications. Stress can irritate symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease and Crohn’s disease and cause flare-ups. Stress also usually leads to stress-eating, and when that happens, people don’t usually go for a bag of carrot sticks or an apple. Junk food is the only thing we want when it comes to ignoring stress, and the more junk food we eat, the more weight we gain, which can lead to hemorrhoids and colorectal cancer. Finding other, healthier ways for us to deal with stress can improve the health of your colon.
One of the most common ways to relieve stress is through exercise. Going for a walk or doing some sort of activity for 30 minutes a day is a great way to release tension and change your mood. Another common stress-reducing activity is meditation. In meditation, a person learns to focus attention. Some forms of meditation instruct us to become mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations and to observe them in a nonjudgmental way. This practice is believed to result in a state of greater calmness and physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Meditation can be as simple as finding a quiet space, closing your eyes and shutting out any stressful thoughts and focus only on calming your mind. Many people practice meditation through yoga. Both of these methods will improve concentration and focus, and it will give you a peace of mind and significantly reduce stress in your life.