When most people think of incontinence, they usually think of the physical problems that go along with it. However, in addition to leakage, there are also emotional and psychological issues that can be just as impactful. Emotional symptoms of incontinence may include the following:
- Feeling humiliated and degraded.
- Experiencing a poor self-esteem.
- Withdrawing from society and becoming more isolated.
- Feeling anxious about being incontinent in public.
- Reduced intimacy and affection.
But just because you have incontinence doesn’t mean that you should limit your social life. In fact, being social may help you avoid many of the above symptoms. Social connections not only give pleasure and enjoyment but they also have been shown to improve the health of individuals. Studies have shown that individuals who have healthy and affectionate relationships with their family and friends benefit in a host of different ways, such as getting fewer colds, avoiding depression, keeping a sharp mind, and living a longer life. Don’t believe us? Check out this list of ways that being social can improve your health and mood. And then get out there and start reconnecting with friends and family. Trust us - you, and your health, will thank us.