Is irritable bowel syndrome stress related? Seven ways to tell.

Published Dec 14, 2022 2 min read

IBS is a stress-sensitive disorder, therefore IBS Hypnotherapy techniques should help managing stress, and stress-induced responses.

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and have noticed your symptoms worsen during stressful situations, it's likely that your IBS is, at least in part, stress-related. To help manage your condition, it’s important to recognize the signs so that you can take proactive steps to reduce or eliminate stress in your life. 

Here are seven tell-tale signs that your IBS is stress related:

  1. You find yourself having to use the bathroom often or urgently, especially during stressful times. This can be an indication of IBS stress because when you’re under pressure, your body releases hormones that can trigger bowel spasms, resulting in more frequent trips to the bathroom. 
  2. Your IBS symptoms worsen during stressful circumstances or periods in your life, such as when you’re taking a test or going through an emotionally draining situation. Stress can act as a trigger for IBS flare-ups and make existing symptoms worse. 
  3. You notice IBS symptoms while dealing with difficult or emotional situations. This is because stress often causes the body to produce more of the hormones that can induce IBS flare-ups, such as adrenaline and cortisol. 
  4. You experience IBS symptoms when faced with unfamiliar surroundings or a new situation. This can indicate IBS stress because it can be difficult for your body to adjust to unfamiliar environments, resulting in IBS symptoms. 
  5. You experience IBS flare-ups when you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Anxiety and stress often go hand-in-hand and can cause IBS symptoms to worsen as the body responds to this emotional state. 
  6. You get IBS symptoms when dealing with social situations or crowds. This is because stress and anxiety can cause IBS flare-ups, so it’s important to take the necessary steps to reduce your stress levels in these situations. 
  7. You experience IBS symptoms during times of change, such as when starting a new job or moving to a new home. Change can be difficult for the body to adjust to, and IBS flare-ups can be triggered when dealing with uncertainties.

Identifying IBS stress is the first step towards managing your condition better. If you’ve experienced any of the above signs, it’s important to take action to reduce stress in your life. There are many ways to do this, using self-hypnosis is an effective way.

Effective Hypnotherapy for IBS will teach you how to better cope with the demands of life, while eliminating useless and unnecessary stress.You will learn to recognize IBS stress triggers and manage them in order to lead a healthier, more comfortable life.  With the right support, IBS doesn’t have to be a debilitating condition. There is strong evidence that hypnotherapy is effective in reducing IBS symptoms.

If you would like to have a no obligation chat about how hypnotherapy can help you overcome IBS symptoms, then get in touch.

The articles on this blog are where possible are underpinned by peer-reviewed research and information drawn from medical societies and governmental agencies, but they're not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any undiagnosed IBS symptoms, medical questions or medical concerns please talk to your healthcare provider.

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