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How to 'Be Your Own Friend' Instead of Invalidating Your Anxiety

I’ve been on a personal journey to figure out my digestion, and there’s one thing that’s become glaringly obvious: when my belly feels upside-down, it triggers my anxiety.

Anxiety is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. It’s blaring the sirens to get you to pay attention. And there’s a super-strong connection between the gut and the brain, so it’s incredibly common for folks with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to also have anxiety.

Kind of a chicken-or-the-egg situation there, because anxiety can also wreak havoc on the belly. Each time my anxiety crops up, it’s an opportunity to learn a little bit more. (I know, how annoyingly “silver-lining” of me.) In this case, I noticed something I do to myself often that was very very

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