With six million people diagnosed with stress incontinence in the UK alone, it is a condition that people generally do not wish to talk about. For many it’s embarrassing, as laughter or even a bout of sneezing can cause the bladder to leak, and this unpredictability can create feelings of isolation and anxiety.
If this sounds familiar, it is important to seek out medical advice to ascertain your individual condition, but there are also self-help factors to consider which can help combat any anxieties experienced. It is all too easy to feel depressed, isolated or to have negative thoughts, but managing these negative feelings are a must if normality of life is to continue.
When anxiety levels are high, it can be difficult to switch the brain off and sleep properly. Gentle relaxation techniques can be really useful at such times and will promote deep, healing sleep. Taking control of the situation is the best option, and you can try the following tips to help restore your confidence.
Deep breathing exercises
When we are upset and stressed, we tend to turn to shallow breathing, which is not conducive to health. Take a mindful approach, counting as you inhale, hold and then release the breath. This should be repeated several times. This type of simple breathing technique will help to quell feelings of nervousness, and is useful at any time, but especially if hospital treatment or surgery is necessary.
This is useful because it releases feel-good endorphins, which affect mood. Take it steadily and don’t over-exert yourself: a light walk, or gentle aerobics, are a great start.
Banish negative thoughts
Those with stress incontinence often feel bad about themselves, and embarrassment and self-pressure only makes the individual feel worse. Affirmations can be useful in these circumstances, as are positive statements of intent, and are useful for boosting self-esteem.
Stress incontinence can create feelings of self-doubt and loneliness, so taking back control is important. Fear of the unknown may hold you back in life but don’t let it, as your condition may be readily treatable. Mr Jonathan Broome from The Pelvic Clinic is one of the UK’s leading surgeons in sacrohysteropexy, and has helped thousands of individuals suffering with stress incontinence to reduce the impact of this condition, helping them to regain their lives again. Just by seeking out professional advice, it is possible to regain health, and lessen the anxieties associated with stress incontinence.