Today’s busy lifestyle can be very stressful. There are large and small stressors you encounter every day, all of which can take a toll on your overall health and wellbeing. What’s more, people with diabetes have one more thing to worry about that only adds to the regular stress.
It’s managing their blood glucose levels every day.
Stress appears when you encounter real or imagined danger. In such case, your body’s immediate response is skyrocketing your blood glucose and increasing your heart rate. But, coping this extra pressure can damage your veins, arteries, and heart.
According to the American Diabetes Association, this can lead to hypertension or high blood pressure.
Being a person with diabetes means having a higher risk of many health complications, such as heart failure, kidney damage, loss of vision, nerve damage, etc.
So, chronic stress in these people can only increase the risk of these and many other problems related to the heart, renal, digestive and immune system.
That’s why choosing the right way to react to stress is extremely important, especially for people with diabetes. Otherwise, it can distract you from following your exercise, diet, and medication schedule. What’s more, it can even directly affect your blood glucose levels.
Don’t choose unhealthy ways to cope with stress. Instead, create healthy ones which can reduce your stress efficiently.
If managing your diabetes is one of the things that’s causing you stress, you’ll have to find a way to simplify it. However, do not stop or ignore your diabetes management to prevent your overall health from worsening.
In fact, if you ignore it, you’ll only increase the stress in your life. That’s because poor blood glucose control can cause many health complications which could make you feel guilty.
So, here are few tips to ease some of the stress of type 2 diabetes management.
This will help you feel less overwhelmed by your disease. According to the certified diabetes educator Jill Weisenberger, you should set 3-4 clear goals about the things you will do to manage your diabetes.
For example, decide that you will bring your own healthy lunch at work for 3 days a week. This will empower you, at the same time reducing the stress linked to diabetes management.
If you worry that you’re going to miss a dose of your diabetes medication or insulin, set your digital calendar or alarm on your mobile phone that will remind you. Also, you can use a pillbox to organize your medications.
Each appointment with your doctor is important, so make sure you don’t miss one. Also, you can write down questions and problems that you want to ask him/her the next visit.
In this way, you won’t feel stressed that you’ve forgotten to ask them something important for your diabetes management.
You can ask your friend or family member to help you with buying groceries, planning meals, and cooking. By sharing your responsibilities with someone, you’ll feel less stressed when it comes to preparing your healthy meals.
There’s no need to panic if you can’t devote 30 minutes of your time for exercise. Instead, make 10-minute walks after each meal and you will meet the goal of daily exercise.
Choose a time that will allow you to sleep at least 6 hours each night. Consistency will help reduce your stress.
It’s enough to do this for a few minutes a day to notice the positive effects. You can also do yoga.
Your diabetes shouldn’t prevent you from doing the things you enjoy. Therefore, find the time to watch your favorite TV series, funny YouTube videos, or catch up with some friend. In this way, you won’t think only on your diabetes.
Knowing everything about your disease will make it less scary. Therefore, ask your doctor or do your online research about diabetes to learn all the ways you can manage it.
Everyone should know how to manage stress to prevent various health problems. But, people with diabetes should take stress management as an essential part of their diabetes management.
In that way they can help prevent many health complications related to their disease, improve their blood sugar control, as well as their life quality.