Waking up in the morning can feel pretty bleh if you don’t wake up with a good night’s rest and some good mood to go with it. Not to miss out feeling physically well too. Everyone wants to feel rested and healthy while getting out of bed in the morning because hey, the day is just getting started and you know the amount of work you need to get done!
Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, can make it really tough in the mornings with pain, discomfort, diarrhea, constipation and well the crappy-ness to set the mood of the day. Stress and unhealthy diets are major contributors to IBS being a part of you. If you suffer from IBS, you know the feeling. And for those who don’t, you don’t even want to.
Here are some particular morning habits that can prevent IBS and make your mornings so much more likable and comfortable.
You would not need to think about the digestive problems you are facing and begin your day with the focus on your to-do list!
- Start with a warm drink
Drinking a warm beverage in the morning as soon as you wake up is very good for the stomach. This reduces any kind of acid reflux. You could have a hot cup of coffee/tea, or even warm water with a spoon of honey in it does the trick.
- Pray/Meditate for a few minutes
Just take out a few minutes as soon as you wake up and freshen up to pray/meditate. Use this time to be thankful for a new day, collect your thoughts, bring yourself to focus for the day and strengthen your mind and center yourself. Taking care of your mind is very important.
- A gentle workout
A gentle workout to exercise your body is helpful in getting rid of IBS symptoms. Keeping it mild in the morning gives good blood flow and stronger muscles, in turn making you feel good and pumped for the day!
- Take your time to poop
Scheduling a time to poop in the mornings is not a bad idea at all. You need to be able to relax as you go to the bathroom in the mornings. We all are conditioned to go to the bathroom to poop in the mornings and if that is not done properly and in a relaxed manner, it can affect your body, especially your digestion, throughout the day. Issues of gas, constipation, stomach pain, etc could give you a bad day.
- Choose your breakfast carefully
Breakfast can affect IBS in a major way. Eating sweetened foods with added sugar or breakfast like waffles and syrup, sweetened yogurt, juice boxes, etc. can make the IBS symptoms worse. Eating very little sugar or none for breakfast is a healthy way that helps prevent IBS.
- Stick to a routine
If you know a morning routine that works for you and stick to it every day, it goes a long way. Sticking to meal times and specific eating habits means your bowels also establish regularity and you feel healthy and without symptoms of IBS!