Tax day is here, and if you are one of many who haven’t yet completed your forms, stress can attack your bowels with unwelcome enthusiasm. Whether you suffer from constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or cramps, having irritable bowels is not fun, especially as the most stressful deadline of the year draws near.
The following suggestions won’t help you with your taxes, but they will help you relax during this tough time of year so your digestive system doesn’t go haywire due to stress and anxiety.
Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” The time to procrastinate is over. Sit down, be diligent, and get the job done. You will start to feel better after each box and line you fill out, so get to it. However tedious and painful doing taxes feels, keep going. The confidence you will earn knowing that you are getting it done will relax your agitated digestive system.
Taking long, slow deep breaths will send a message to your gut to relax. There is nothing worse than being tense in your belly as this can contribute to unpleasant symptoms of constipation and bloating. Let every breath you take bring in a flood of positive energy, give you a boost in your morale, and motivate you to finish what you’ve started.
A stretch break here and there will do wonders for your level of tension. Twisting, bending, leaning, and reaching are all actions that help stimulate the flow of digestive fluids. The better the flow, the better your digestive system will work, and this bodes well for IBS sufferers.
Although tax day is an important day, it is still not the end of the world. Resist all temptation to stress about money. Since it is much easier than it sounds, you will have to put a little effort into it. Take a step back and look at the big picture of your life. Are you happy? Do you love someone? Are you healthy? These are the things that really matter. When you realize this, the pain in the pit of your stomach will subside, and that in itself should be enough to return your nervous guts back to a healthy state.
April 17th, 2012