Tips for conquering college with IBD

by Kimberly Gevint LCSW-R

Welcome to our six-week, six-part series on Tips for Conquering College. Our Resilience Team has thought of some of the key things that can help you make the transition from home to college, not only successfully, but with an extraordinary sense of empowerment.

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Transitioning to college can be exciting and stressful. You will need to be able to manage a lot of things possibly for the first time including your new environment, class schedule, extracurricular commitments and your IBD.

So, what can you do to stay on top and in control of your IBD with everything that is going on?

  • Got a pen? Identify and write down your emotional triggers as well as your food triggers.

  • College cafeterias usually have a plethora of options. Consider talking to someone in the nutrition department about ingredients they use so you can make the most informed decisions. You may even consider doing this before school starts so you can better plan out your meals.

There are more dietary options for people today than ever before due to an increase

in health products to fit all food preferences and restrictions such as intolerances,

allergies, and religious preferences. (More on this next week!)

  • Have some healthy, trigger-friendly snacks accessible to you in a pinch.

  • With socialization usually comes food and drinks. If you find that you are in situations where you don’t feel so good about eating or drinking what is in front of you, consider your options carefully. The struggle to hang out with friends while having dietary restrictions is a real one shared by many!

  • Consider finding an IBD support group on or off campus if you feel you need extra support along the way.

  • Identify and practice some relaxation exercises and make self-care a priority. You can start small and build up a routine around this.

  • Remember that not everything can be accomplished overnight (seriously) but if you commit to prioritizing your condition as you balance college life, the transition will be easier. YOU GOT THIS!

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