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Science has shown that stress and anxiety are triggers for DGBIs and so it’s particularly important to look after your mental health if you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions – although this is something that we all should do.
Research has shown that professionally delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy can improve IBS symptoms. If you’d like to explore this further, talk to your GP/Family Doctor about a recommendation to a certified/accredited professional. Of course, therapies like CBT and Counselling can also be of benefit for those without gut symptoms.
Everyday activities such as yoga, mindfulness and simple breathing practices are simple, effective tools that you can use to help you relax and manage stress and anxiety.
If these measures aren’t helping your mental health then please discuss them with your GP/Family Doctor.