Any health expert will tell you that stress – physical or mental – negatively affects diabetics. Stress elevates blood glucose levels making them hard to control. As a Type 2 Diabetic, I never took this to heart until after I quit a hectic, fast-paced job. Almost immediately, my glucose levels dropped 20 points. This incident inspired me to make a few adjustments and reduce the amount of stress in my life. They are changes any Type 2 Diabetic can do too.
1. Organize meals.
Lessen the number of mental battles you face over what goes into your mouth. Plan all of your meals a couple of days in advance. This way, you ensure you eat healthy and don’t fall prey to temptation. See – Food Planner: Organize Your Meals and Shopping List in One Go
2. Pick your battles.
Prioritize what’s important to you. Arguing with a parent, spouse or child over petty stuff isn’t worth a glucose spike. Let go of your pride and overlook a few things. As the Bible says – as much as possible, be at peace with all men.
3. Join a support group.
Get in touch with other Type 2 Diabetics. You need an outlet, a way to express your feelings regarding this disease. From the finger pricks to navigating food, it’s a daily struggle. You can do this online through a forum. Suggested site – DailyStrength.org
4. Rethink your career,
Is your work environment a pressure cooker? Figure out how to reduce stress on the job. Delegate a few of your duties. Take a walk at work. Also, consider switching careers if you what you do isn’t really satisfying and worth the anxiety.
5. Indulge in laugh therapy.
Laughter is the best medicine. There are no side-effects to this activity except lower blood pressure. So, put on a funny movie or check out your favorite comic for free on YouTube (my fav). Then laugh until your side hurts. Good read – Give Your Body a Boost with Laughter
6. Increase your movement.
Listen to your doctor and move more. Park farther away from the mall. Take the stairs not elevator at work. Do sit ups at night before going to bed. Exercise releases endorphins, the feel good hormone that makes you feel as though all is okay.
7. Listen to music.
Because music shifts your focus, you can instantly lift your mood with a song. Put together an arsenal of happy music to blast when you’re feeling sad. Load them onto your iPod/MP3 player. See – 26 Songs to Cheer You Up this Instant
Ready to make a change? Type 2 Diabetics, incorporate the above and reduce stress in your life. Be the best relaxed you.
Get more on the subject of diabetes, read Type 2 Diabetics: Ways to Reduce Sugar in Desserts and Carb Alternatives for Diabetics.