I think people can control their reactions to stress to varying degrees. Exercise is a good one, humor is another. Try to have friends who will understand and support you, whether you choose to tell them about
your condition or not.
Here are some questions I've learned to ask myself when I start feeling stressed:
Can I control this situation? If not, let it go.
Does this person bring negativity to my life? If so, can I get them out of my life? If yes, kick them to the curb. If not, limit your exposure to them as much as possible.
What's the worst thing that can happen if I do this (or more commonly, if I do nothing?) Follow the thought through - usually the worst thing that can happen isn't really as bad as your anxiety was telling you.
In 100 years, what difference will it make (usually attached to "if I do/don't do this?) If no difference, relax and do what seem right to you.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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The information I share on this forum is based only on my own experience and study. It is important to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.