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, but 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 but, I know it’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!!).