Last week we talked about the connection between the gut, the food you eat, and the effects it can have on your brain and emotions. This connection goes both ways, and it has been found that introducing stress reduction techniques can help sooth digestive conditions such as IBS, GERD, Crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis. Here are a few of my favorites:
Grounding – there is increasing evidence that spending time in nature is helpful to calming the nervous system. Walking barefoot in the grass, lying on the ground, and hugging trees (I’m not kidding!) can all help to bring your nervous system back into balance.
Meditation – whatever type works for you. My favorite is simply focusing on the feeling of my breathe coming into and going out of my body while watching the different thoughts come and go through my consciousness.
Sitting Down to Eat – sit so your belly is relaxed, breath in the aroma of your food, put your phone somewhere you can’t see it, taste and chew your food well