Start to treat your body as if it were a sick friend. You would do anything you could to help someone you loved if they were sick. Do the same with your own body. Stop fighting with your body and stop trying to control it. Listen to what it needs and do what you need to do to take care of it. Work toward overcoming your shame about your symptoms and try to take a more matter-of-fact approach. If you were with a 4-year-old who needed to “get to a bathroom, now!” you might be a bit hassled, but you would just do what needs to be done. If a friend canceled on an engagement at the last minute due to feeling sick, you would express concern and good wishes. You are every bit as deserving of that kind of care and compassion. Give it to yourself!