Managing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is both physically and mentally challenging. While much of the…
As we continue to learn more about the gut-brain axis, it has become increasingly clear that our thoughts can play a role in our gut health.
There is an open line of communication between our gut and our brain/nervous system. We can either choose to keep the conversation negative, or we can whisper sweet nothings to our digestive system.
Not sure how to give your gut a positive pep talk? Here are some affirmations to try!
Affirmations for stress management
“Thoughts aren’t facts”
Stress management is an important piece of any gut health regimen.
When we get stuck in a negative thought pattern, we can easily start to believe the negative things we tell ourselves. But thinking that you’re going to have a digestive flare on that 3 car ride does not mean it will actually happen.
Try to challenge negative thoughts and remind yourself that just because you think it, doesn’t make it true.
“Everything doesn’t need to be perfect for me to be happy”
Are you waiting for your gut symptoms to go away in order to be happy? Healing is not linear and when you have a chronic digestive condition, you are going to have ups and downs.
It’s hard work to untangle your happiness from your circumstances, but it will ultimately lead to less stress in the long run.
Affirmations for digestive conditions
“I trust my gut”
Do you ever feel like you’re in a constant battle with your gut? Those with digestive conditions can sometimes describe their gut as the “enemy” or something to “conquer”. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Just as you put your trust in your healthcare team to guide you towards the right treatment plan, you should trust that your gut is doing the best it can. You and your gut are on the same team!
“My body knows what it needs”
The daily struggle of dealing with a chronic digestive condition can be exhausting. We’ve been taught to ignore our internal cues and keep fighting through the day. However, it’s important to listen to your body and give it the rest it’s asking for. Trust that your body knows what it needs.
Affirmations for digestive flares
“This is just a passing flare, I will have more good days”
When you’re experiencing a digestive flare, you may feel like you are going to be stuck there forever. When flares come up, challenge yourself to shift your focus to a positive future with more good days.
“I can give myself grace in this moment”
Just as it’s important to rest when you need to, it’s also important to be kind to yourself during a digestive flare. You may not be able to do everything that you usually do, and that’s okay. Give yourself the grace and don’t beat yourself up for taking it easy.
These affirmations can help those with digestive conditions start to shift their mindset towards the positive side. If you need more help, we recommend working with a mental health provider, and particularly one who specializes in digestive health.