Stress and digestive imbalances are bidirectional–meaning stress can trigger digestive issues like bloating, gas, stomach pains, and diarrhea; while these symptoms can also trigger stress.
You needn’t be a doctor to understand this for yourself.
Perhaps you’ve noticed your digestion is a little off when you’re under a lot of stress. You might have loose bowels, bloating after eating, or lack of appetite. Stress has caused the body to go into fight-or-flight mode, which slows or even stops the process of digestion so that the body can focus its energy on the perceived “threat” (whatever it is that’s causing you stress).
Maybe you’ve felt the effects of this digestion-stress relationship the other way around. Your chronic constipation might leave you agitated and frustrated, or your bloated belly has you on edge because you have no idea what to eat. Your digestive imbalance is the source of your stress.
Either way, the stress must be dealt with if you want to get digestion back on track. How, you ask?
One of the best ways to relieve stress is through our beloved yoga.
In this video, I’ll guide you through a short yoga sequence that banishes stress. You’ll release physical tension in the neck and jaw (2 areas we often grip when we’re stressed), find rhythmic yogic breathing that stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, and practice a breathing exercise that has an immediate calming effect on the mind.
Whether your stress or digestive imbalance came first, practicing this yoga sequence will have a positive affect on digestion.