There are ways to focus on the positivity in your life rather than feeling completely defined by your sometimes difficult to control GI Tract, and live a much fuller and happier life.
- Start each day with gratitude and a fresh start. Perhaps create a gratitude journal in which you write what you are thankful for each morning or in the evening. This could include a list of people who support you, a SIBO-friendly recipe you tried, a favourite memory, or how far you’ve come in managing your health.
- Set goals for working out, relaxing, seeing friends, travelling, and other activities that make your heart content. Downtime is essential too, so include jotting in “DOWNTIME” as a reminder not to overbook yourself.
- Eat the foods you love. Even on a specific diet, try to modify your favorite foods to suit your intolerance needs. There are even low FODMAP versions of brownies, since we all deserve a treat.
- Listen to your body. When you are tired, rest.
- Think positive! Focus on healthy and healing thoughts each day. What is working well in your life right now? And if it’s not working, start a plan B, C, or D with your healthcare team. Don’t keep trying the same thing and expect different results.
- Take a break from your everyday routine. If you can take a warm, essential oil bath at noon, take a bath at noon! Watch a movie on a Saturday morning. Get a new book and read on a comfy chair with a cozy blanket and a cup of your favourite tea. Meditate. Play your favourite music. Light that special scented candle. Do things that relax you whenever you can. Say no without a need to provide a reason why.
- Be honest… to doctors, dieticians, family, and friends. It is important to have a trusting team that knows your symptoms, even the embarrassing ones to help guide you to good health.