This Is How Stress Can Cause You To Feel Bloated

When you’re feeling stressed, your body responds by producing hormones that can cause bloating. Stress is a factor in many cases of bloating and it’s important to address any underlying causes of stress as soon as possible. 

If your stress continues to increase without relief, it could lead to serious health problems like heart disease or even diabetes.  Commonly, people report that they feel stressed in their stomachs.  The nervous system can become overwhelmed and cause physical symptoms like bloating or churning feeling if it is not addressed as soon as possible.

When the tract responds to stress, the muscles go into a state of tension so that the body can react quickly if needed.  This puts strain on your digestive tract and causes it to work harder, leading to excess gas.

Causes of Stress That Cause Bloating       

A big cause of stress is our busy lives.  We are identified with our careers and identify ourselves as part of a “work culture”.  With this comes long hours at your desk each week, feeling like you’re not doing enough, answering emails at all hours, and working on projects for hours of the morning.  

High levels of stress in these situations will cause a person to feel physically sick. The hormones that are produced can affect your digestive system in many ways, including bloating and stomach pain.

However, all stress is universal, whether you’re a student or a single mother raising three children, there are always stressful factors that can affect us. But when these stressors become too much, they have far-reaching consequences on our health and well-being.

How Does The Body React Under Chronic Stressful Conditions? 

Chronic stress responses include the fight or flight response, which is a newly named term and the more widely known ‘general adaptation syndrome’.  The latter was developed by Hans Selye who first coined it in the 1950s when studying how long-term stress (or chronic exposure to cortisol) leads to many health problems like gastrointestinal diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and various immune disorders.

The body needs to respond physiologically to the pressures of life that we call stressors because they represent survival challenges.  They are all external pressures that activate our physiological systems.

When facing these challenges, like for example a looming deadline at work, we have a general increase in heart rate (to provide more blood supply and deliver more oxygen to the muscles) as well as an increase in blood pressure (so that we can effectively go into ‘fight or flight’ mode). 

These effects are mediated by our sympathetic nervous system. At the same time, other physiologic systems decrease their activity and this is known as the relaxation response.

These stress responses are intended to be short-term and recovery should also be relatively quick. However, most of us with busy lives tend to spend too much time under these constant stressful conditions. Our bodies do not get a chance to recover thus they remain chronically activated.

The National Institute of Health warns that if you spend at least four consecutive weeks under chronic activation without adequate rest, this is when you experience a general state of fatigue, stress symptoms, and/or lack of motivation, you will start to deteriorate.

Tips For Reducing Stress:

Getting Proper Rest               

Relaxation is a valuable tool for helping to disperse cortisol through the body more effectively. If your lifestyle doesn’t allow you time for relaxation or sleep, consider trying some weight loss strategies that don’t require so much energy on your part.

Eating Right 

When we eat right and stay hydrated through all of this busy time, we will naturally feel less stressed and have more energy to tackle life’s daily challenges and put them in perspective rather than over-analyzing them.

A good example would be juicing green vegetables like spinach, lettuce, and kale. It’s very easy to prepare, tastes good and the nutrients it contains can help to lower cortisol levels.  It’s best to drink green foods in the morning on an empty stomach for the most benefits.

Releasing Mental Blockages           

If you’re feeling a lot of stress, it might be affecting your digestive tract in some way.  One common response to stress is that we become constipated – the body stops other functions and focuses all attention on digesting food and getting through the day quickly so that it can relax when night falls.  

Alternatively, some people feel like they have loose stools or diarrhea instead of constipation during high activity or stress periods.

Stress will also manifest itself physically if you’re holding on to negative emotions such as sadness, anger, or frustration. These feelings may have emotional origins, but they are felt strongly in the digestive tract because they affect our balance of gut bacteria.

Exercise Often       

 Regular exercise, particularly more aerobic activity like running, swimming, biking, or fast walking can help relieve stress in your life. Moving the body releases endorphins which also have a calming effect on the brain and helps to make you feel better overall. 

But, it’s best not to try to go for a run when you’re stressed out. If you do feel that you must exercise while feeling stressed out, just move around quickly and get your blood flowing. 

If you have chronic digestive symptoms most of the time or if emotional triggers cause them then make sure that regular physical activity is an important part of your chronic symptom management plan as it has so many benefits beyond digestion.


According to meditation is a great way of managing stress and letting go of the negative thoughts that may be bothering you. It can be an enjoyable form of relaxation as well. The key is finding a good balance. Some people enjoy meditating for long periods, even hours at a time, while others prefer smaller sessions throughout the day or right before bedtime.

There are many different forms of meditation so find what’s best for you by exploring and trying out some options like yoga or walking meditation in a park.

Using imagery can also help with reducing stress levels. With this technique, all you need to do is imagine yourself doing something relaxing like taking a bath or going for a walk.


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