Many people with IBS discover that their bowels seem to function as a kind of emotional barometer, indicating how they feel about what is going on in their lives. Emotional tension always makes IBS worse. Anxiety, frustration, despair can all tie your guts in knots. Rushing around trying to do too much can do the same.
If you are exhausted and stressed out, barely coping, ‘it’s your body that keeps the score’. Nobody can keep going forever without a break.
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Lack of sleep always makes everything, including your IBS, worse. Are you getting enough? See: