I’m stressed or anxious
If incontinence is making you anxious, it’s not surprising. It is still a taboo subject in society, and as a result many people try to hide their symptoms from their friends, family, and even their healthcare professional. But remember – it is actually a common problem and it is not a disease in itself – it is a condition. Many treatments are available that can make a real difference to your quality of life.
Not being able to control when you go to the bathroom can be a serious stressor, especially if you start panicking about where the nearest toilet is, whether others can notice the smell of urine or faeces on you, or whether they can visibly spot an incontinence pad. Many emotions may go through your mind, from the guilt of being a burden to your family, to a sense of apathy or denial. It is not unusual for those with incontinence to suffer from low self-esteem or even depression.
If you are at all concerned about your mental wellbeing, then you could make an appointment with a healthcare professional or trained counsellor. They can advise you on how best to deal with the situation.
In addition, there are other steps you can take yourself to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. The key is to open up, both psychologically and culturally, to create a more supportive environment that will provide encouragement and leave you feeling less isolated.
Here are some tips you could put into practice:
Mindfulness. [Internet]. 2018 [cited 3 August 2020]. Available from:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/.
European Guidelines on Urinary Incontinence [Internet]. 2018 [cited 3 August 2020]. Available from https://wfip.org/european-guidelines-on-urinary-incontinence/.