Stress Relief for Diabetes Management
We all have days where we feel stressed and overwhelmed, but prolonged periods of stress can have a negative impact on how our body functions, including how it controls our blood sugar levels. When we feel stressed, a response called the “fight or flight” system of our body is activated. This system is intended to help us survive, and in the short-term, it is not detrimental to our health. The “fight or flight” system increases adrenaline and energy. To increase energy levels, the body releases more glucose, or sugar, into the bloodstream which is used to power the muscles and brain. If we are stressed but not in a situation where we need to use this energy (e.g. running away from danger), the additional glucose stays in the bloodstream which can worsen diabetes risk and symptoms.
For this reason, it is important to recognize the signs of stress and learn to de-stress for diabetes management. Below are some signs that you may be under a high amount of stress:
- Muscle pain or tension
- Frequent headaches
- Poor sleep/ frequent fatigue
- Hair loss
- Frequent urination and thirst
- Large weight changes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased blood pressure
Sound like you? If it does, take a deep breath, and know that you have the power to take control of your health. Start by identifying the cause of your stress. Try reframing the situation to look at it in a more positive light. Are you learning about yourself, accomplishing new things professionally, or improving your time management skills? Practicing positivity and gratitude may help eliminate some of the stress of the situation you are in. Deep breathing, meditation, and small breaks may help combat stress as it is happening. For long term relief, try yoga, mindfulness training, adopting a sleep schedule, eating a healthier diet, and exercising.
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