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Diabetes and Stress: How to Manage Both

Diabetes and Stress: How to Manage Both
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By    |   Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:26 AM

When stress becomes too much to bear, it can affect your physical, emotional and mental well-being — including your health, if you have diabetes.

Stress might be over work, about finances, family, or coping with diabetes (or a recent diagnosis). When your mind is elsewhere, you might forget to check blood sugar, administer insulin shots, or drink alcohol more and exercise less, notes the American Diabetes Association. Chronic stress also can produce hormones such as adrenaline or cortisol, linked to elevated blood glucose levels.

Reduce stress and keep your diabetes under control with some of these tips:

Breathe deep and relax. Use relaxation techniques such as deep breathing. Meditate each morning for 10 or 15 minutes; repeat positive affirmations such as “Today will be a good day,” or “Stress just rolls off my back,” and allow any negative thoughts to drift away.

Seek out support. Don’t hide how you feel. Talk to a trusted family member or friend; someone who can lend a sympathetic ear, and offer support and solutions. Consider consulting with a counselor or mental health professional if stress becomes too overwhelming.

Get yourself moving. Join a hiking or biking club, sign up for some salsa lessons, participate in some group sports, or just hit the gym and sweat. Endorphins released from staying active can alleviate stress and help regulate blood sugar, among a wealth of other health benefits.

Stay on point with diet, medications. If your diabetes management plan adds an unwanted layer of stress to life, the answer is to stick with it. The Cleveland Clinic urges to take medications as directed and eat healthy meals — a true stress-reducing combination.

Look at the glass half full. Accept that some things, such as that glacial traffic jam, won’t go away if we stress out, and aren’t worth stressing over anyway. Keep your sense of humor. Go with the flow. Stay optimistic. Knowing that you have family and friends who care, and work and activities that fulfill you, puts a positive perspective on life that’s your best defense against stress.

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