Managing stress

Coping with an illness like Crohn's disease is stressful. It can be a juggling act to manage your diet closely, visit the doctor regularly and keep to your daily treatment schedule. If your symptoms are painful or embarrassing, this may add to your stressRelating to injury or concern. levels.

Many people with Crohn's disease find that times of high stressRelating to injury or concern. are linked to a worsening of their symptoms, so it helps to learn to recognise when you are getting anxious and find ways to keep calm. As it is not always possible to avoid stressRelating to injury or concern., regular relaxation and breathing exercises may help.

I don't let myself get anxious about my condition - worry just makes the symptoms worse.