Man in hospital with digestive problems

Stress and anxiety can cause digestion problems. You may not realise the impact stress is having on your body. Digestive problems such as

  • indigestion heart burn,
  • diarrhoea and
  • constipation

are some of the more common physical symptoms of stress and anxiety.

It is widely believed stress activates our innate fight or flight instinct. When our ancestors needed to escape from some grizzly creature the fight or flight response kicked in.

When this happens our sympathetic nervous system sends a message to our body to prepare for action. Releasing cortisol to make the body alert and prepared to face the threat. Your body reacts by the heart starts beating faster, you tense up, your pupils dilate, you become much more alert.

Going into fight or flight mode more energy is made available to your muscles, to run faster or fight. Essential systems like digestion and immunity are given much lower priority.

But even a lower level of stress can induce this.

How to calm anxiety.

If you’ve ever been so anxious that you had butterflies in your stomach? Then you know how stress can affect your digestive system.

It depends on the meaning the mind puts on the experience e.g. speaking in public could be more terrifying than facing a bear!

You see it’s your mind’s job to protect you and if the mind senses danger, the body will respond accordingly. So the digestive process may slow and if this happens continuously this can cause digestive issues.

And if you are continually thinking anxious thoughts, your body is responding and slowing the digestive process.

Remember the mind is very powerful, so be careful what you think as this can impact your health and wellbeing.

Stress and anxiety impact us in many different ways, but we do not need to live with them. It is like a cloak you wear every day. Numbing the real you. So let’s arrange a call and see how we can throw away that old cloak today 🙂