If I had to give some great advice to someone who has Crohn's Disease what would I tell them? I have been thinking about this for a long time. So I have created a list of to do's to make sure you can truly live well even though you have Crohn's Disease.
To do this you will need to take a look at every aspect of your life in order to be as healthy and happy as you can be.
It is important to re-balance daily living by adding healthy habits and giving up unhealthy ones so:
1. Don’t smoke. If you have Crohn’s Disease and you who smoke you have more flare-ups and emergency surgeries — and smokers are more likely to be diagnosed with Crohn’s in the first place. One more reason why if you smoke you should STOP now.
2. Only drink in moderation. Alcohol can irritate the lining of your intestinal tract and exacerbate your Crohn’s symptoms. It also may interfere with medications if you are taking any. Even if you find that you can tolerate alcohol, it’s important to limit how much you drink. I say try and not drink at all. I know this may not always be possible but set it as your goal.
3. Get regular exercise. Both aerobic activity and resistance training can benefit in Crohn’s treatment. Exercise not only helps your digestive tract to work more efficiently, but it also can be a stress-reliever due to the release of endorphins, or feel-good hormones, that come with getting your blood pumping. Weight-bearing exercise also can help prevent osteoporosis (bone loss), a common complication of Crohn’s. Choose an exercise you enjoy to stay motivated.
4. Practice relaxation techniques. This might include slow breathing, yoga, tai chi, meditation, or something else that you find relaxing. Do what works for you. It could even just be reading a book in a quiet place, listening to your favorite music, or spending time with friends and family. As you all know i love to get out on my surf board. Even when I was very unwell and couldn't surf just laying on it made me feel better.
5. Get enough sleep. When you’re tired, you‘re more likely to feel stressed, which can worsen your Crohn’s symptoms. You’ll sleep better at night if you stick to a routine, with a set time for getting up and going to bed on weekdays and weekends. Also be sure to give yourself enough time to wind down before bed so you can focus on sleep and not other distractions. Turn off technology and don't sleep with these devices next to your bed.
6. Seek out support. Find Crohn’s support groups online or groups that meet face-to-face near where you live or work. Having supportive friends and family can help, but they don’t know what it’s like to live with this every day. People who face the same challenges you do can share what works for them in a variety of situations, and this can offer you big emotional benefits.
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7. Communicate what you feel is appropriate. Are you stressed out from hiding your condition from co-workers or because you don’t know what to tell friends and family? Everyone handles Crohn’s differently, and you should decide for yourself who to tell, how much to tell them, and when. My advice when you do want to share is to keep it simple with something like, “I just want you to know I have a digestive disorder". You may not feel comfortable sharing this but it may help if your boss and co-workers know you have a digestive disorder so they’re not wondering why you’re frequently in the bathroom or may need to take more sick days than others. Or that some days you just don't feel so good.
Remember if you have any more questions about then please free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my Facebook Page at My Crohn's Doctor.
Yours in Health and Wellness
My Crohn's Doctor