5 Easy Tips to NEVER have Anxiety Diarrhea Again (Quick Results!)

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And it happened again… I wanted to go outside and I felt an aroused energy in my bowels.

A few minutes later I rushed to the toilet and experienced anxiety diarrhea.

I struggled with anxiety diarrhea for a few years, but suddenly it wasn’t a problem anymore.

And here is why…

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The Truth About Anxiety Diarrhea

First of all: can anxiety cause diarrhea? According to Healthline: yes, it can. But let’s first talk briefly about what anxiety is and how it works.

You have to understand that anxiety is just a fancy word of your “threat-response” (your fight and flight response). Normally, your fight or flight response works in a balanced way and only gets triggered when there is real danger, or a serious imagined danger.

But when you are anxious, your nervous system is very sensitive to stress and you can get anxious for the most innocent triggers. Think of something you see or something harmless like the sound of the doorbell. 

Being in an anxious state costs your body a lot of energy. You suddenly sweat more, your heart rate increases, your brain has to work twice as hard to scan the environment for potential danger, and a lot more!

But what also takes a lot of energy is your digestive system. Digesting your food costs a lot of energy!

And this is what your mind thinks:

“Okay I need more energy, because I am dealing with danger right now. I see that digesting food takes too much energy right now, so let’s see if I can take it away from there. Because if I don’t do everything I can to deal with that threat… there won’t be food to digest anyway!”

Guess what happens? Anxiety diarrhea… let me explain it further.

Why do stress and worry cause diarrhea?

When you are anxious, your mind starts to redirect all its energy. It places most of your energy outside of itself: to deal with the perceived threat.

Now your body has less energy available for other things, which is why you feel so freakin tired when you’re anxious (relax, it’s normal!). 

The only “problem” is that now your digestive system has less energy at its disposal and either stops completely or starts to flush itself. This means you either constipate, as your bowels stop working as hard as before… or you have diarrhea, because the bowels want to get rid of the food (if I can still call it food at that point).

And then your mind says:

“We don’t have time to digest this right now, get rid of it!” 

There are more internal processes involved that causes anxiety diarrhea, like how certain hormones react on the gut while anxious, but let’s keep it simple, because in simplicity lies your healing. 

One important thing to know is that the amount of anxiety diarrhea you experience is often in proportion to the amount of anxiety you experience. The more anxious you feel, the more anxiety diarrhea you could experience. 

Two major drivers of anxiety are stress and worry. They make your mind believe you are in danger and something has to be dealt with: which fuels your anxiety.

Most of the time the things you stress or worry about are harmless, but your mind perceives them as real danger. And you’ve guessed it… when you are in danger your mind makes you anxious! Not to annoy you… but to keep you safe!

That’s quite kind, right?

Therefore, always try to become aware of the things that make you stressed or worried in your life.

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Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

More than 75% of the people who suffer from IBS have anxiety or depression, according to Medical News Today. This doesn’t necessarily mean that if you have anxiety diarrhea, you have IBS or the other way around. 

IBS is a syndrome where you experience constipation (or diarrhea), abdominal pains, abdominal floating and cramping.

According to Mindsethealth more than 1/7 people have IBS, which makes it something very common. Even though the cause of IBS is not known, we do know that environmental factors like stress can trigger symptoms. 

If you have continuous pain in your stomach and are not sure about what it could be, always ask your doctor for advice. 

Now, you know what causes anxiety diarrhea, let’s go to the 5 tips to solve it!

5 Tips to Quickly Stop Anxiety Diarrhea

Tip #1. Start exercising more

When you are anxious, a lot of stress chemicals are rushing through your body. These chemicals are adrenaline and cortisol. They make you feel anxious and on edge.

When animals get anxious or experience waves of panic, they shake it out. They literally use the energy that the adrenaline and cortisol gave them to shake it out. Because only then the energy doesn’t get stuck in the body, which is very important to keep your body healthy. 

We as human beings can and should use exercise to get rid of our cortisol and adrenaline.

When you exercise a few times a week, you’ll start to burn the excess energy and bring your body back to balance. And fun fact: your body releases endorphins… which make you feel damned good as well!

Tip #2. Eat healthier

As a person who always struggled with my bowels, it was very normal for me to experience anxiety diarrhea. My bowels weren’t in a good state, I lacked energy and diarrhea and constipation happened every week.

But the moment I started to drink smoothies for breakfast, my life literally changed.

My skin turned from a pale, lifeless tint to a healthy-looking skin. And after a week or six my constipation was gone, my diarrhea happened less frequent and my energy levels increased dramatically!

Maybe my body suddenly created so much energy that it didn’t need to shut down my digestive system anymore… who knows! The only thing I DO know is that when you swap your sandwich in the morning for a smoothie… your life will change as well. 

Tip #3. Drink more water

When you have anxiety diarrhea, it is very important to level up on your water intake. When you have diarrhea, your body loses a lot of water.

To not get dehydrated, make sure you drink a full glass of water every single hour. This is important because your anxiety can get worse if you get dehydrated. Your heart could start to beat faster, you get a headache and suddenly you can’t think clearly.

Drink water… it’s important.

Tip #4. CBT Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the leading treatments for anxiety. With CBT the therapist helps you to intervene your anxiety by changing negative thought patterns. A CBT therapist helps you with becoming aware of your thought patterns and also how they influence the emotions you feel. 

Tip #5. Stress Management

The most important tip I have for you, is to practice managing your stress. If long-term built-up stress and worry make you anxious, it is very important to learn how to cope in new ways. 

First of all, this means becoming aware of your stress triggers and things that cause you to worry. Because only then you can work with something. And when you are aware of the triggers, you have to learn how to cope in new ways.

To help you with easing your anxiety, I made a FREE limited time training where I explain the 3 biggest mistakes anxious people make and what to do instead! 

Takeaway

Anxiety diarrhea can be a very annoying symptom of anxiety. You feel your freedom vanish, as you know that you could get diarrhea anytime you get anxious… which only makes it worse.

Luckily, there is nothing wrong with you. It is just your bodies fight or flight system that tries to protect you. Your anxiety loves you, even though it can feel extremely annoying.  

You’ll ease your symptoms a lot when you start to exercise more, eat healthier and drink more water. But the best tools to overcome your anxiety diarrhea are CBT and stress management. This helps you go to the root of your anxiety… which is where healing can take place.

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Author: Wouter Manders

Wouter is a mindset coach from The Netherlands. For many years he suffered from depression and anxiety. It gave him the motivation to coach people on overcoming their anxiety, out of first hand experience. With more than 6000 blog visitors a month he helps many people on their road to having less anxiety.

About Wouter

Wouter is a mindset coach from The Netherlands. For many years he suffered from depression and anxiety. It gave him the motivation to coach people on freeing themselves from anxiety. With more than 6000 blog visitors a month he helps many people on their journey towards less anxiety.

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