How many times have you heard people say they perform best under pressure? In our society the idea that applying pressure to a situation will reap the best results is very prevalent. It’s such a part of our psyche that we do it subconsciously. For many of us it’s a part of life, basically second nature.
For most people with IBS when the pressure increases so does the IBS symptoms. For years I put tons of pressure on myself without noticing how intensely it was affecting my digestive problems.
I just thought pressure was a natural part of life.
I used to be a big time worrier. I would worry about everything: big, small or miniscule. From saying the “wrong” thing to the supermarket clerk to getting in trouble for some future mistake I hadn’t even made yet.
Worry consumed my mind most of the time. It was the biggest distraction I used to avoid my feelings and being in the present moment.
It disrupted my thoughts, goals, sleep, and conversations. I was always looking for assurance from others that my worries were not warranted.
It took a lot of practice and concentrated effort for me to beat it.