**Stress and Stomach Ulcers
-Stress comes in different forms.
-There’s mental or psychological stress, and there’s also physical stress.
-Certain types of stress may be more likely to affect the different types of ulcers.
-Many in the medical field disagree as to what actual role mental or psychological stress has in causing ulcers of any type.
-Much of the research and trials done so far have not been able to clearly answer this question.
-But research continues, as there is an increased understanding that the gut and brain interact with each other on a variety of levels.
-There’s also ongoing research into how stress interacts with the body’s immune system, which may affect healing.
-The type of ulcer that is normally referred to as a stress ulcer is believed to be triggered by physical stress.
-The physical stress can come in some of the following forms:
--serious long-term illness
--trauma that occurs to the brain or body
--injury to the central nervous system
-Other ulcers, such as mouth ulcers and peptic ulcers, may not be directly caused by stress.
-However, there’s some evidence that mental stress may aggravate them.
-Another relationship between stress and ulcers involves the stress caused by the ulcer itself.
-Mouth ulcers may be particularly stressful and cause anxiety due to pain and its effects on talking, chewing, eating, and drinking.
-This social stress adds to any mental stress you may already be experiencing.
-Peptic ulcers can be stressful due to the symptoms they may cause.
-They may also cause you to worry about doing something that may irritate your condition further.
**The Relaxation Response
-The relaxation response is the rest and digest part of the nervous system.
-It basically undoes the work of the stress response after a stressful situation.
-The relaxation response happens when we feel safe, nurtured or taken care of.
-It can block effects from your body’s response to stress.
-This is good for your mental and physical health.
**Effective Relaxation Techniques
-The most effective relaxation technique is one that works for you!
-Different relaxation techniques will help different people at different times.
-What works for you this week, may not work next week.
-But it might work again next month.
-Our needs vary and so it’s important to have a toolbox of relaxation techniques to help you on a regular basis.