Regular exercise helps your body to cope with stress and anxiety by stimulating the brain to release "feel good" chemicals called endorphins.
Develop new stress management techniques such as meditation and relaxation. Your health care professional can also refer you to specialists in this area.
Ensure you drink 6-8 glasses of water each day. Water replaces the extra fluid lost if you are experiencing diarrhoea, and is essential for the lubrication of the stool if you are experiencing constipation.
Keep a symptom diary to assist you in pinpointing foods or lifestyle practices which are triggers for your IBS symptoms. Remember that IBS is a changeable disease, and watch for a regular response over several occasions before excluding a particular food from your diet. Try to avoid fatty foods, alcohol, coffee (including decaffeinated), spicy foods, sugar and artificial sweeteners which are amongst the most common triggers of IBS symptoms.
Talk with your health care professional about whether a fibre supplement is suitable for you. Remember that it is common for symptoms such as bloating to temporarily worsen as your body gets used to the increased fibre.