Between stressful shopping trips, tempting food spreads and disagreeable relatives—it’s challenging to keep IBD symptoms under wraps during the holidays. Now more than ever we should be extra mindful of our health and self-care. Tracking our symptoms and taking time to pause amidst the holiday excitement is a must to ensure we start 2019 with our disease as well-managed as possible. Here are 4 reasons why tracking with Oshi is the gift that keeps on giving.

  1. Do you hear what I hear? Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean we get to take a break from listening to our bodies and acting when we notice symptoms. Tracking day-to-day symptoms helps paint a clear picture of our reality, even though our focus may be elsewhere.
  2. Don’t be a Scrooge when it comes to snooze. Office parties, family gatherings and crowded shopping trips—it’s easy to run ragged this time of year. Holiday fun can take fatigue to a new level. Log your sleep each night so you can see if there’s a correlation between your symptoms and how many zzz’s you are (or aren’t) getting.
  3. So much food, so little time. Over the holidays we’re faced with countless dietary decisions and tasty treats that may cause our IBD symptoms to go awry. Fill up on a small meal before get-togethers and steer clear of trigger foods, despite the temptations. You should also log what foods you’re eating to see if there’s a pattern with your pain.
  4. Baby, it’s cold outside…but you should still try to move. Exercise can help relieve feelings of stress and depression, two major challenges for people with IBD. However, the festivities can disrupt your regular workout schedule. Commit to moving a little bit each day—even if it’s a short workout video at home, a quick walk, or some light stretches. And be sure to track your daily activity levels so you can see how your movement may or may not be affecting your symptoms.

Natalie Hayden Tracking IBD Symptoms with Oshi

Make your list and check it twice!

By tracking over the holiday season, you can see what changes—like to your diet or sleep schedule—are possibly affecting your symptoms. And bonus: You can use this information to expertly navigate next year’s holiday season, or similar events like weddings, family gatherings or out of town trips.


Natalie Hayden

Author Natalie (Sparacio) Hayden is a former TV news anchor with Crohn’s disease. Her blog, “Lights, Camera, Crohn’s: An Unobstructed View” (lightscameracrohns.com) covers everything from overcoming struggles to celebrating small victories. As a passionate health advocate, journalist, wife, and mom, she strives to show there is more to life than your diagnosis and illness.

Oshi is a tracking tool and content resource. It does not render medical advice or services, and it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You should always review this information with your healthcare professionals.