What the heck do you do when you’ve tried absolutely everything to reduce IBS symptoms, and nothing works?
It can be incredibly frustrating, defeating, and heartbreaking.
It can feel like a curse.
IBS is one of the most challenging chronic conditions to live with because it reduces your quality of life and drains you of the energy to keep trying, especially when you’ve tried countless things and none of them gave you relief.
It’s times like these when mindset becomes the most valuable resource you have to help you find what DOES work for you. If you really want to get to the bottom of your IBS and feel better, you must take these 5 mindset shifts and make them yours.
- Make a Powerful Decision.
If you have IBS, then I’m going to go out on a limb and declare that you’ve suffered enough. You’ve struggled enough. But it’s up to you to decide that you’re worthy of a better, more enjoyable life.
Decisions become our beliefs. Once you make a decision, your brain will adopt it as a belief and look for evidence to support it. A very powerful decision for someone with IBS is: “No matter how many times I tried and failed in the past, recovery is possible.” If your brain knows it’s possible, you won’t give up.
Every great outcome starts with a powerful decision.
- Commit to the Outcome.
Think about a time in your life that you made a commitment to master IBS. Did that commitment look like this? “Let me try something, and see if it helps.”
Or did it look like this? “I AM TAKING CONTROL OF THIS THING, AND NOTHING WILL STOP ME.”
If it looks like the second one, you have a 100% chance of getting the outcome you want.
When you make a commitment to the outcome with ruthless determination, your brain uses the power of that commitment to keep moving forward, even when you hit roadblocks. Your powerful commitment will help you stay resourceful and creative.
- Have a Strategy for Bad Days
The road to healing is never a straight line. Whenever you start something new, there will be setbacks and bad days. If you understand that this is part of the process, you’ll be less likely to throw in the towel. An IBS expert can help you implement a strategy for dealing with flares and symptoms while you learn more about your body and what works for you.
- Be Resourceful
This means being willing to make lifestyle changes, release old habits, and make small tweaks to your diet. It might mean going out of your comfort zone to try different products and learn to cook in a new way. It means being able to improvise and adapt.
Our motto in the army was: “Improvise, adapt and overcome.” We had that motto because it was our job to be resourceful. If something didn’t go as planned, we couldn’t give up or waver. We had to get the job done, no matter what.
It might seem daunting, but you can be resourceful and adapt. My husband can eat curry without an IBS flare, simply because we changed some of the ingredients. We got resourceful. The recipe calls for onions, but that doesn’t agree with him, so we use the tips of scallions instead. It gives the flavor of onion without the onion.
Making small tweaks is part of a willingness to be resourceful.
- Find an Expert
If you want help with anything in life, you get the fastest results when you enlist help from someone who has helped hundreds of people with the same problem. A true expert won’t just give you a list of foods to avoid and send you on your way. An expert will tailor their program to your body and your symptoms, because you’re not like everyone else.
It can be tough to find a real expert. People who have IBS can fancy themselves experts on the topic if they’ve found what works for them. These well-meaning people go on social media and dispense advice.
But will it work for YOU? Don’t waste your time trying to find out.
Go to a trained, qualified professional.
If you’re here reading this post, consider that you’ve stumbled onto the website of an expert. I’ve helped tons of people, including soldiers and athletes, with their IBS, which has had a massive impact not only on their symptoms, but also their ability to perform at work, to train and compete, and have better relationships.
On the call, you’ll share your IBS story and symptoms, and we’ll tell you what the path to feeling better can look like with expert help.