Reduction of stress with Yoga

STRESS

The link between the mind and the digestion

Your body is sensitive and easily affected by changes in routine, stress or anxiety. If you find yourself getting constipated when you’re stressed, you’re definitely not alone. Aggravation and excessive demands in the workplace, constant availability, relationship problems – anything that causes mental pressure can also have a negative effect on your digestion.

For example, a British study has shown that the digestive system of patients suffering depression is significantly slower than average – the more severe the depression, the slower the gut worked.

Stress is also a possible cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which around one in five suffer from at some point in their life. And since relatively few people see a doctor directly about the problem, the actual number is probably considerably higher. The most common symptoms are abdominal pain, a bloated stomach, trapped wind and alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhoea. However, IBS is not dangerous if other stomach and bowel sicknesses have been ruled out by a doctor.
But no need to grow desperate: You can outsmart your stress easily. Sport and regular exercise are a natural way to reduce anxiety and negative feelings. As little as 30 minutes a day is enough: just go for a walk in the fresh air a little more often and find a sport that you’d like to do regularly and have access to. If you’re worried about something or have a problem, talk to your family and friends about it and work out a solution. If you often find yourself under a lot of pressure, think about learning one or more relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or autogenic training.