Mind Body Therapies
The symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are not solely confined to our bodies. IBD can impact your confidence, your self-esteem, your level of happiness, and even your ambition on those days when it feels like a struggle to get out of bed.
Maybe you recently missed an event you really wanted to go to due to a flare-up, and now you are feeling down. We know how challenging that can be. That is why we think mind-body therapies are excellent tools to combat this disease. In addition to having a positive effect on one’s mood and mental state, most of these techniques reduce stress, which could mean fewer unpleasant relapse episodes.
Related Video: Dr. David Rakel discusses the relationship between stress and intestinal dysfunction.
Mind-body therapies aid in relaxation, which is extremely important for IBD patients, because rest helps keep the immune system strong. Also – and perhaps most important – use of mind-body techniques is correlated with improvements in overall health and well-being. We have many friends in the IBD community who use mindfulness meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques to help calm their bodies during disease flare-ups. These techniques are relatively simple to try and may prove of value to you.
Although there are numerous mind-body therapies worth exploring through the links we provide on this site, we have elected to focus our content on mindfulness meditation, yoga, and guided imagery. These represent three of the more common techniques in practice today.
IBD shouldn’t stop you from achieving the goals you’ve set in life. Mind-body therapies are additional tools to help maintain disease remission, so that you can live the life you want to.
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