My IBS leaves me feeling mega lethargic a lot of time. I believe it is a combination of feeling unwell, bloated, nauseous and spending more time in the bathroom than the average person. But also, being an IBS-D sufferer, this has resulting in me suffering greatly from anxiety. Over the past 10 years, having to think about where the nearest bathroom is, and worrying about an embarrassing situation happening, has led to this. I truly believe being anxious/worried is also physically exhausting.
Take the other day for example, I had too much veg and it wasn’t cooked enough for me, resulting in some serious gurgling and bad D the next day (yes, mad I know considering vegetables are supposed to be good for the gut. Only small quantities for me thank you!). I felt so run down and exhausted. Not only that, I had an appointment that I couldn’t cancel on, so I had the added worry that I wasn’t going to be ok for that. By the time night arrived, I was exhausted.
A few years ago I probably would have pushed through and carried on. Now I accept it’s fine to take some down time and be completely selfish. Even if it does mean cancelling on plans. It’s the best way to get back on top form again and let your stomach recover from it’s upset.
I really make a point of putting some downtime aside for me. Sometimes it does frustrate the hell out of me that I can’t do as much as I used to. Now, I know it’s what’s best for me. I tend to put my feet up, fill up my YuYu (yup, the perks of living in Scotland, it’s never too hot for a hot water bottle), pop any medication I need to take and put on some Netflix, or a TV show that doesn’t require using my brain (I’m gutted that love island is now over!!).