It is not only your Bowel that can be irritable with IBS. Many of the emotions previously mentioned can flare up to give you and overiding sense of frustration and irritability.
This is entirely understandable, few others will know how irritating it is to be unable to leave the house without a plethora of bathroom trips and the general inability to live life unhindered by IBS.
The better you are at dealing with the external emotions surrounding IBS, the greater chance you give yourself to cope with the physical side of the condition
We have taken the following article from ‘miamibrainfitness’ http://www.miamibrainfitness.com/2010/10/5-more-steps-to-cope-with-irritability-and-improve-your-brain-fitness/
Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
5 More Steps to Cope with Irritability and Improve Your Brain Fitness
Irritability means letting small things that happen to all of us everyday set off a train of upsetting thoughts. Last week I posted about the negative effect of obsessions and ruminations on brain fitness – some researchers now call them unconstructive repetitive thoughts, or URT (for that post, click here). I wrote about the process of thinking about things that cause negative emotions.
It’s likely that this kind of thinking is associated with increases in cortisol and immune system markers associated with inflammation. The whole “chemical soup” is neurotoxic. The same chemicals are associated with mental and physical decline in older persons. Younger persons aren’t off the hook, though, because research increasingly shows that cognitive decline starts in early life. As several researchers remarked at the Cognitive Aging Summit two weeks ago, “Aging begins at birth.”
One of the things that sets off URT for many people is a random or casual event or thought. Someone cuts you off on the freeway, or you get stuck in the wrong line at the grocery store, or a co-worker makes a comment that upsets you. It’s at that point that the URT gets going, and it’s at that point that you can do something to stop it.
From the point of view of cognitive therapy, the actual event isn’t so important. It’s the fact that it sets off. or activates, a underlying pattern of thought that some people call a schema.You have a choice: (1) go with the URT, and feel upset, and activate a set of chemical processes that are bad for your brain, or (2) stop by the process and move on (in your mind, or in your life) to something else.
In my previous post, I laid out a three-step plan for dealing with URT. Those steps emphasized being aware of the thoughts, deciding whether thinking about the upsetting event was going to resolve anything, and then making a commitment to dealing with the thoughts.
Here are 5 more steps to deal with irritability and improve your brain fitness: