With IBS the New Year starts in February

IBS: New Year starts in February

If you have had started 2024 bogged down with IBS flares, know that you are not alone. The majority of IBS sufferers are going through this too.

That is how I used to start every year. I would inevitably have post Christmas IBS flare-ups, and also catch whatever was going around. It would take me most of January to recuperate.

Just when others are posting up their new goals and 10-mile run every day, you are just trying to get through the day. You wonder if you are on the same planet!

Starting the New Year in this way can feel soul-destroying. But all is not lost!

The value of baby steps with IBS

baby steps for ibs

Instead of resolutions, I developed another way forward: Baby steps

No big demanding leaps (no energy for those!)

No major New Year’s resolutions.

Just the next small step I could take. Following these 3 golden rules:

  1. No pushing or forcing. I didn’t attempt anything during an IBS flare, or if I was sick. I did my best to rest and give my body some space.
  2. No getting swallowed up with frustration. Instead of feeling frustrated that I had missed the boat AGAIN (it was a regular theme back then), I started by making one small improvement.
  3. No hyperfocusing. I had a general direction of “looking after myself and my health”, Every month I made a small improvement to get me going where I wanted to end up.

Here are some ideas of baby steps that can support you through your IBS, and keep you heading in the right direction.

Why bother taking baby steps? Because they help you slide out of the passive role you may feel with your doctor, to one of action.

Baby steps are ultimately a path to YOU calling the shots with IBS

Yes, this approach takes time. But it creates forward motion and supports your desire for change.

So forget January and the holiday aftermath. When you’re ready, decide on your baby step for next month.

Here’s to a happier and healthier New Year for you – even if it starts in February!

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