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Stress & Anxiety

Stress & Anxiety

Modern life can be stressful

Nowadays, many people suffer from stress and anxiety. Whether it’s the result of work or personal life, sometimes it can be hard to settle into a relaxed pace. Stress has physical as well as emotional effects and many people suggest it is one of the main causes of their diarrhea. Luckily, there are all sorts of things you can do to help relieve stress.

What are the common causes of stress?

You might not realize it but it’s easy to upset the delicate balance of your digestive system. Some people that suffer from diarrhea on a regular basis believe stress or anxiety to be a cause of their symptoms.

Here are some of the other common causes of stress to look out for:

  • Public speaking
  • Exams
  • Important social occasions
  • Work interviews

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Why stress can cause diarrhea

When you get nervous your body produces adrenaline and other chemicals. These chemicals speed up the normal function of your nervous system and can make some of your muscles work faster than usual. If the muscles in your intestines start to speed up, the natural rhythm of your digestion will speed up too.

Faster digestion means you absorb less fluid than usual, making your stools more frequent and watery. This is what we know as the symptoms of diarrhea. Just a small reduction in the fluid absorbed by your intestines can be enough to bring on an attack of diarrhea.

Stress from work

Everyone gets stressed at work now and then. Diarrhea can be your body’s way of telling you that you’re not coping. This can make work difficult, so it’s best to deal with the causes of your stress first on the road to relief.

Some of the usual causes of work-related stress:

  • Not taking proper lunch breaks: most people perform better at work after a rest
  • Snacking on junk food: a sugar rush can actually increase your stress levels
  • Panicking in stressful situations: breathing deeply to stay calm can help
  • Losing your sense of humour: laughter is a great stress reducer and boosts the immune system