Keep Crohn’s In Check With Stress Management

It’s Wednesday, and you just sat through a three-hour lecture on Generally Accepted Accounting Principals. All you want to do is sit down and veg out to a few DVR-ed episodes of Jersey Shore. However, there just isn’t the time!

You have a philosophy paper due tomorrow that you haven’t even started and an Economics test Friday to study for.  You also have a Student government meeting at 7, your girlfriend keeps talking about how you two “need to talk”, and your buddies keep lighting up your cell phone bugging you to come out and partake in the Wasted Wednesday activities.

How are you going to find the time to eat let alone pass your test on Friday?

These types of situations are stressful for any college student, but managing Crohn’s Disease can significantly add to the list of worries.

It is important for students with Crohn’s to remember that while stress does not cause Crohn’s Disease, it can make your symptoms worse or could trigger a flare-up. Stress can cause your normal digestive process to either speed up or slow down, creating problems.

While it is not always possible to completely remove stress from your life. You can learn ways to reduce stress and manage it. Here are a few of the methods I used.


Walk your butt on over to the rec center and do some physical activity. Hop on the treadmill, lift some weights, shoot some hoops, or challenge a friend to a game of racquetball. It doesn’t matter what you do, just get the blood flowing and heart rate up. When you exercise, you burn cortisol and norepinephrine, the chemicals that cause stress. At the same time, you release endorphins, the chemicals that make you feel happy. Exercise is win-win because you will be relieving stress while also improving your overall health.

Get Away

Some times you need to just step away from everything and clear your head. Grab your iPod and go for a walk around campus. Or if you have a car burn a new CD and take a drive. Stop thinking about all the things you need to get done and just get lost in the music for a while. When you come back with a clear mind and a new perspective, devise a plan to get everything done and ace that test.

Take A Nap

Sleep is important for both your physical and emotional health. A lack of sleep may leave you feeling unfocused and grumpy. Both your body and your mind repair themselves while you sleep, so it is important you get enough rest. You could be surprised at how much your outlook changes after getting a little shuteye. And who knows, maybe your lack of a sleep is one of the reasons you are so stressed out in the first place. There is no shame in calling is quits for a while, turning the lights out and taking a nap. When you wake up you will be refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your duties as a busy college student.

Do you have any other suggesting on how to relieve stress? Share them in the comments section below. We would all love to hear from you!

2 Responses to “Keep Crohn’s In Check With Stress Management”

  1. Catharine says:

    Yoga (I would say that as a Yoga teacher!) a well balanced Yoga class will remove physical and mental tension, reduce anxiety and help you sleep. Alternatively learning to relax or meditate by attending classes or groups is really useful if you don’t fancy learning Yoga postures.

    • Tim says:

      Absolutely a good idea. A lot of the time schools will offer yoga classes in the Rec Center. OR if your really lucky, your school might offer college credit for a yoga class. Thanks for the suggestion, Catharine!

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