Making Time To Relax with Buscopan

So this year I want to start blogging about more of a variety of things, and so when I was contacted by Buscopan‘s PR team asking if I’d like to work on a post about my IBS, I decided now is the time to be brave and talk about it.

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So, I have IBS. It’s a bowel condition that can cause diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pains and bloating. It’s not glamorous and it’s not something that’s discussed much-I think because we feel that people don’t want to hear about our toilet habits. But it’s not something I should be ashamed of or that I should feel I can’t tell people about.

I have good days and bad days. I’m never completely normal-I never feel like my digestive system is working properly, and I’m often slightly bloated. Every couple of months I get really bad stomach pains-luckily for me it’s usually at night time, which means I can at least curl up in bed and have a little cry. Sometimes I am so bloated I look pregnant-not great. Diet can affect IBS, lots of fatty food can be a trigger as can, for some people, a lot of fruit and veg, or even certain foods. For me, stress is my main trigger. If I’m really upset or really anxious my stomach pains are worse, I sometimes can’t manage to go to the loo for a few days which also doesn’t help the pain. I have anxiety, which definitely affects my IBS-if I’ve had a panic attack or I’m really on edge I suffer.

I have things I can do to help myself cope. Sipping Peppermint Tea can help to ease bloating and stomach pains. I sometimes take Peppermint Oil Capsules which do the same thing. And I find it’s very important to take the time to relax, to just sit and be, without having anything to do. Difficult when I run this blog, work full time, do Pole Fitness 4 nights a week, and I’m trying to establish a Small Photography Business too-but Buscopan kindly sent me a hamper to help. There’s an adult colouring book, pencil crayons with my name on, a White Company candle, and a lovely canvas bag I can use to carry it all around in. I’ll be spending many a happy hour burning that candle and reading, that’s for sure.

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If my IBS is really bad I nap, or I lay in bed and listen to music. I sometimes go for a gentle walk, or do my nails. Blogging can help take my mind off it too.

Do you know anything about IBS? Is it something you’d feel comfortable talking about?

*This post was written in conjunction with Buscopan, who sent me a hamper in return for me talking about my IBS. All words and opinions are my own.

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. January 21, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    My stomach gets a little bloated sometimes. I think I’ll try sipping on some peppermint tea. I hope your photography business gets going!

  2. January 21, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I haven’t really heard of IBS before but I do encounter symptoms like diarrhea, constipation and indigestion a lot.

  3. Larry Frank
    January 21, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Hello Laura,
    I’m sorry for your IBS issue. Nice write-up in conjunction with Buscopan.
    Hope the whole situation eases up soon.
    Thanks for sharing and do have a wonderful day ahead.

  4. Mazzy
    August 15, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Hi Laura. My deepest sympathy and heart goes out to you as I’m an IBS sufferer too. I also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. I listen to calming sleep music or sounds of rain at bedtime to help me sleep. I’m also in my menopausal years, but that’s another discussion blog for us poor ladies and this adds to my anxiety and depression from time to time. Yes, hobbies are a great help and I wish you lots of luck with your photography business. You are very talented. Well done and thanks for writing about this. x

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