I’ve been reading a lot about IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), a condition more common in women and people between ages 30-50. Since I work with lots of folks with IBS (mostly related to food sensitivities and/or nutritional deficiencies), I had a gut feeling (hardy har har) that emotions play a role. And, WILY taught me, in fact, that anxiety is a trigger for IBS symptoms (think bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation – all those good dinner table conversation starters)… meaning that folks with IBS can have symptoms triggered when we’re anxious (think: long work hours, strained relationships, toxic work environments, final exams, freaking out about the holidays…). No wonder it’s more common in women between ages 30 and 50! ;) Kidding, guys.
Here's some basics from Mayo Clinic's website:
Tips to manage anxiety from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America: