How Stress Can Affect Digestive Health

Stress and anxiety can aggravate diarrhea and other digestive health conditions.38,4

How to deal with stress

We all experience stress now and again. Diarrhea can be a symptom of stress, which could make life more difficult for you.38 So, it may be best to first deal with the causes of your stress.

  • Create time to relax and recharge.3 If you feel stressed out, give yourself a break.
  • Get enough sleep.7 We all perform better when we’re properly rested.
  • Share your problems. 7 You know what they say about a problem shared? If you let people around you know what you’re going through, you’ll feel better for having talked to someone and they might even be able to help.
  • Exercise.7,36 A great way to de-stress and keep your overall digestive system healthy is by exercising several times a week. 

Learn to spot trigger foods

By keeping a food diary, you can help to identify what triggers your diarrhea.