It's a myth that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is caused by stress. IBS is really a functional disorder, which can not be caused by stress. Like most chronic conditions, IBS can be made worse by stress.
Reducing stress is different for every person. The ultimate goal should be to get at the root of the stress and find a solution. But if you're not able to get at the root of the stress, here are some ways to try and reduce it:
- A brisk walk
- Hot shower or bath
- Vacation or getaway
- Spending time with a pet
- Hobbies such as reading or sewing