Every day, your body fights for you, and that’s a wonderful thing.
Receiving an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) diagnosis is a frightening experience that can trigger a range of strong emotions:
- relief, because you’ve discovered out what’s affecting your symptoms.
- You’re confused because you have no idea what that signifies for your future.
- You’re angry because you believe your body has let you down.
- Fear, since it’s an illness that has the potential to completely transform your life.
When you’re diagnosed with IBD, you may feel as if you’re in a strange body. It’s like having a “new” body that takes some getting used to. Weight increase or skin difficulties from steroids, sores from Crohn’s disease, abnormal weight loss, and, in severe situations, major surgery are all possible side effects.
Every feeling you experience after receiving an IBD diagnosis is totally understandable. It’s quite acceptable to be angry with the world and wonder, “Why me?” ” It’s fine to be upset with your body. It’s very normal to feel as if your body has failed you.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with the news that you have bowel disease, but there are several ways that can help you do so — and learn to appreciate your body in the process.
Accept your diagnosis with an open mind.
Acceptance is a crucial aspect of regaining control of your body when you believe your illness has taken control of it. It’s easier than it sounds. A chronic condition isn’t something you can accept overnight, but once you’ve received the proper diagnosis, there’s no turning back. However, from that point on, you have the freedom to go wherever you want with it.
Accepting your diagnosis is a fantastic approach to make peace with your body and take the first step toward going on with your life.
Create a list of the qualities you like in yourselves
Listen up: When it comes to affirmations, lists can be a valuable resource. Make a list of all the qualities you admire in yourself, not just your physical appearance. Take a deep look at yourself and identify the qualities that make you a decent person. Then, despite your IBD diagnosis, make another list of all the activities you want to do.
Keep both lists on your phone, one for when you’re feeling low and the other for when you need a boost of motivation. It can sometimes be just what you need to help you through a terrible day.
Continue to do activities that make you feel good.
Don’t allow your diagnosis stop you from doing the things that make you feel confident, whether it’s refining a cosmetics look, curling your hair, treating yourself to that dress you’ve wanted for a long time, or getting a new tattoo or piercing. Beyond appearances, if you’ve always been a runner or gym attender, don’t let your IBD hold you back.
Yes, things may be a little different, and you’ll have to take it slowly if you’re flashing, but don’t allow your illness keep you from doing the things you enjoy. It’s always possible to find a way to get around it.
On social media, you can follow other people’s IBD adventures.
This is a terrific method to meet other individuals who are going through the same thing you are, as well as a means to increase your self-esteem. There are several Instagrammers with IBD and stoma bags who dedicate their accounts to self-love and empowering others.
It can be uplifting to witness someone with your illness live their best life when you’re experiencing a “I hate my body” day. It’s not only inspiring, but also reassuring to know that it’s feasible for you. Don’t compare your life to others’ on Instagram; it’s a certain method to make yourself feel bad.
Consult with a therapist
Talking to a therapist is a good method to take care of your mental health by opening up about hard thoughts and emotions and getting a reality check.
It’s usually a good idea to talk to someone you trust, but it can be challenging to talk to friends or relatives who don’t understand or say the wrong thing. Of course, they do their best, but a therapist is qualified to help you and will do it in a professional manner. It may allow you to open up about how IBD has influenced you, both psychologically and physically, and how you feel about and about your body as a result of it.
It’s a relief as well as an opportunity for someone to assist you in managing these ideas and teaching you ways for coping with them.
Be kind with yourself
Self-care is more than simply a bubble bath or a piece of chocolate (though both are great ideas). It’s also about making good choices, saying “no” to things you don’t want to do, and not being hard on yourself. One type of self-care is to confront your negative ideas. When a bad idea enters in your head, attempt to replace it with a happy thought.
Rest when you really need to, and keep in mind that you are suffering from an illness, so you must take extra care of yourself and rest when your body says you to.
Keep in mind that you are not your sickness
You do, undoubtedly, have IBD. But it is only a part of you; it is not the whole of you. It can be difficult to remember this while you’re in the midst of a flare-up and feel like your sickness is destroying your life, but you have a distinct identity apart from your chronic illness.
Remember to include all of your likes and dislikes. Don’t forget all the good things you’ve done and continue to perform. Don’t lose focus of your interests. Don’t lose focus of what makes you, you.
It’s a process
Self-love takes time and might be difficult to achieve. There will be days when you feel depressed and want to hide from the rest of the world. It is, sadly, a normal component of having IBD. However, appreciating your body may also become a natural part of it.
Your sickness does not define you, and you are capable of loving your body. While it may make you feel ill, it is also doing an excellent job of keeping you with us. Every day, it fights for you — and that’s a great thing.