Sitting for Long Periods of Time With IBD
Last updated: August 2023
Recently, I had to go to the salon to get my hair cut. It took about 3 hours. That meant 3 whole hours of sitting in a chair in a public place. We've all been there – maybe on an airplane, in a meeting, or somewhere else. And this can be very stressful when you're living with Crohn's or UC.
Stuck sitting with IBD
Going to the salon is typically a fun, stress-free experience. But as someone with Crohn's, a salon outing can turn into quite the production. The idea of being stuck sitting in a chair for hours can be a horrible experience for someone dealing with gut issues. And if you have to get any type of hair dye process done, you will be stuck sitting for up to 4-5 hours. So planning ahead and being ready for the process is key.
So on this particular day when I was at the salon, thankfully my gut was behaving pretty well. But I couldn’t help but think how I would have handled the day had I been flaring. Of course, if it is a severe flare, the answer is simple – I would just cancel. But what about the times when you are in a moderate or mild flare and really need to get to the salon?
Here are some tips I think that will help. Whether you're stuck in a salon seat or any other chair!
My tips for hitting the chair
Use the restroom before you begin
Using the restroom before you begin your service is key. I did this at my last visit. Emptying your bowels whether you have to go or not just gives you peace of mind. So regardless of how you feel, use the restroom so that you don’t have to be thinking about it during your service (or work meeting, long car ride, etc.).
Have your IBD emergency bag with you
I have my little emergency bag in my purse at all times. Inside I have feminine pads, 1 clean underwear, Poo-Pourri, wipes, and peppermint essential oil. I never leave the house without these items, and they fit perfectly in whatever purse I bring. When I do go to the restroom, I always take my purse with me so that these items are by my side if I ever need them.
I must say, out of all the items, I think Poo-Pourri is the most brilliant. Let's face it, if you happen to go number 2 in the salon, typically the restroom is very near to where all the action happens. Using this odor-eliminating spray after you go is a Godsend, and it leaves the restroom fresh and clean. You never have to be embarrassed when it comes to smells!
Always bring snacks with you when hunkering down for a long sit. I don't know about you, but after an hour or so I always get hungry, and having a safe food on hand is always smart to keep your gut happy. When I get hungry, my symptoms tend to ramp up, so I always want to be prepared with food.
Ask for water or bring your own water. It's important to stay hydrated when you're living with IBD.
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