Many people know and have experienced the symptoms of a nervous stomach. It will usually start with feelings of stress or anxiety and it can also include constipation, stomach pain, at times along with acute bowel movements.
Often there is a feeling of a stomach ache, fullness, heartburn and perhaps bloating and belching. With some people they can experience a poor appetite, vomiting, and nausea. The symptoms can vary from person to person, but most times, the nervous stomach is associated to stress, so it is important to treat the nervous system concurrently is as important as treating the digestive system.
Besides stress and anxiety a poor diet including sweets, spicy foods, smoking and drinking can all trigger off a nervous stomach. It is important to avoid everything that will irritate the membranes of the stomach such as, fatty foods, coffee, alcohol, smoking and of course reducing stress.
Diet along with aromatherapy, relaxation techniques and herbal teas all can help relieve the discomfort of a nervous stomach. Herbal teas that are wonderful for stress are- chamomile flowers, peppermint leaves, passionflower, skullcap, and lemon balm.
For soothing the stomach, drink- peppermint or ginger tea, they both settle and sooth the stomach within minutes.
Relaxation techniques will help reduce stress and slow down a hectic pace. Try taking regular breaks to stretch, relax and breathe deeply to help calm your nerves and you will feel calmer within a few minutes. Yoga, meditation, music or any other activity that you find calming will bring relief.
Diet- don’t rush your meals always eat in a relaxing atmosphere and enjoy every bite. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid sweets, fried foods, meat products as well as nicotine and alcohol.
If the anxiety and stress continue it would be wise to seek medical help.