Enhancing your well-being

Getting a good night’s sleep, taking part in your favourite activities, and doing physical activity can all enhance your day-to-day well-being. They’re not only great for boosting your mood, but they can also speed up your recovery, too.

Sure, having a stoma can mean there are a few extra things to navigate, but using the right stoma products for you make it easier than ever to optimise rest, recovery, and physical activity – so you can feel your best self.

If you’re experiencing any issues with your sleep or physical activities, it’s always a good idea to chat with your stoma care nurse as they may want to switch up your stoma appliances to better suit your lifestyle. In the meantime, here are a few ways you can optimise your well-being.

How to get a better sleep

A good night’s sleep can boost your mood, lower stress, fight inflammation, speed up healing, and enhance your overall emotional and physical health. In short, getting enough sleep is a big deal. But it’s sometimes easier said than done – especially when you throw a stoma into the mix. Here are a few things to try:

  • Find a sleep position that works for you – and use pillows for support if you need to
  • Don’t let your bag to get too full before emptying it
  • Eat your evening meal a bit earlier to reduce your bowel function overnight and avoid potential leaks and ballooning
  • Find a stoma care routine that gives you peace of mind you’ll be able to drift off to sleep without worrying

Keeping active with a stoma

Keeping physically active is a game-changer for mental, physical, and emotional health. And the latest stoma support products let you enjoy getting active – without having to worry about your stoma.

One of the biggest fears we hear is that stoma bags can become less sticky, which causes the edge to lift. This can potentially lead to leaks, which can lead to skin irritation.

Luckily, there are plenty of products on the market to help you combat this. From flange extenders and waterproof tape to stoma support belts and filter covers – there are lots of ways to protect yourself and your stoma, so you can carry on doing the activities you love.

Products to optimise your physical activity

Need extra help?

If you’re looking for more hints and tips about caring for your stoma, it’s worth chatting with your stoma care nurse. They’ll be able to discuss your existing routine, make sure you’re using the right products for you, and suggest adding or swapping products that might better suit your lifestyle.

Ultimately, this is your stoma journey, and it’s about navigating this on your terms. Remember – you’re not alone, and we’re also here to give you the help you want, when you need it.

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