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What are some ways to relax if you have ulcerative colitis?

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Include some "me time" on your to-do list. Take a few minutes to do something you really enjoy. Some ideas:

  • Listen to your favorite music.
  • Read a book.
  • Spend some time in a park or your garden.
  • Call a good friend.
  • Take a yoga class.
  • Try a new recipe.
  • Use a foam roller or a tennis ball to unknot tense muscles.
  • Take a warm shower or bath.

SOURCES: 

Klecolt-Glaser, J.  , February 2010. Psychosomatic Medicine

Alan C. Moss, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; director of translational research, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "About Ulcerative Colitis & Proctitis," "Managing Stress."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

SOURCES: 

Klecolt-Glaser, J.  , February 2010. Psychosomatic Medicine

Alan C. Moss, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; director of translational research, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "About Ulcerative Colitis & Proctitis," "Managing Stress."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

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