Practical Ways to Live Your Best Life with Incontinence
It may feel like you are the only person experiencing incontinence, but there are an estimated 3-6 million people in the UK who suffer from some form of bladder health problem. Whether it’s an overactive bladder, a urinary system disorder, or even a neurological issue, you will often find that sufferers limit their activities due to the worry of an accident occurring which they cannot control. However, there are ways to reduce the likelihood of that happening, and with these practical tips, you could soon be enjoying your favourite hobbies without your condition being an issue.
Fluid Intake – Striking the Right Balance
When people realise that they are suffering from incontinence, one of the first things that they do is stop drinking as much tea, coffee, water, and so on, as they once enjoyed. Although it’s easy to understand why that is, it can very quickly lead to further issues. Naturally, drinking too much liquid can result in bladder leakage, but so also can not drinking enough. Drinking too little can make leaks even worse, and might even lead to further complications like infections. Not drinking enough liquid means that your urine becomes much more concentrated, which can be a cause of irritation. Get your balance right, and you will find leakages far easier to manage.
When you’re out and about, one of your first tasks should always be to locate the nearest public toilet. From restaurants and pubs to National Trust attractions and adventure parks, knowing where these are will reduce the stress if you find that you suddenly need them. Talk to staff if you’re heading somewhere that has employees, or if you’re planning to be outside, do an online search for public toilets that you can use. It’s useful to have a toilet card & can’t wait card in your wallet so that you can more easily avoid long lines. Speeding up access to the toilet will reduce the potential for emergency situations. Get your planning right, and you are more likely to enjoy your day without worrying about what your bladder is going to do next.
Exercise can seem to be a risky activity if you have a weak bladder, but it can be very beneficial. Concentrate on your pelvic muscles (also known as Kegel exercises), which you do by squeezing your pelvic floor muscles. These are the muscles that you use when you stop urinating, and even ten minutes a day of tightening and releasing these essential muscles can help to strengthen your bladder. They will also help with the prevention of leakage, as well as reducing that terrible sense of urgency caused by a weak or overactive bladder. All forms of exercise will be of benefit to you, and you should never shun the need for it due to potential bladder risk. Switch up your exercise types, avoid high impact activities like running, and try swimming or cycling instead.
Incontinence can be the cause of a lot of embarrassment, but with the right management, you can have much greater control. Use these three tips as a starting point and start looking at ways to integrate the affliction into your daily life. Remember that you are not alone and that you have plenty of options and help available should you need it.