Tame the Stress

Leigh Marsden
By Leigh Marsden Latest Reply 2008-11-29 14:38:49 -0600
Started 2008-10-29 22:36:23 -0500

This article came in the mail today, I think that there is enough helpful info that I am going to type the whole thing… Bear with me… your Friend,Leigh

TAME THE STRESS

Don't look now, but ther's a train pulling into the station. Here comes the stress express, and you hear the whistle blow every year about this time. It's easy to get lured on board when you're trying to host the perfect gatherings, and find the right gift for everyone on you list. But when you have diabetes, stress can affect more than your mood-it can take you blood sugar for a ride if you're not careful.

THE STRESS-SUGAR CONNECTION

At the holidays, it's tempting for anyone to let healthy habits slide. Schedules get juggled. We don't get enough sleep. We forget to exercise. Maybe we drink or eat a bit more than usual. And all of these factors can affect blood sugar. Then consider that as holiday hubbub cranks on, you might forget to check your blood sugar regularily or to take your medication on time.

Even if you're able to keep your holiday lifestyle chugging along smoothly, stress can still disrupt your body's engine in ways you might not realize. In fact, research shows that stress causes blood sugar levels to jump significantly.

BACK ON TRACK

You might not be able to control the sources of stress in your life, but you can control how they affect your mind, body, and blood sugar.

WALK AWAY FROM STRESS

Aerobic exercise of any kind has the power to calm. In fact, even a brisk 20-30 minute walk can help reduce stress. To increase the stress busting power of a comfortable stroll, try paying attention to your footsteps,counting "one,two, one,two" and visualizing each number in your mind as you go

SOOTHE WITH SOUND

Research shows that listening to music reduces feelings of anxiety and agitation, enhances mood, and improves patterns.

BREATHE EASY

When stressed, most of us take quick, shallow gasps of air. But slow, rhythmic belly breathing is what you want. Blow out all the breath in you lungs (like a big sigh). Then focus on a point about two inches below your navel, in the center of your body. Inhale, imagining taking air all the way to that center and feeling your entire belly expand. Then breathe out slowly from the same place. Repeat 10 times.

LAUGH

Your facial muscles get a natural workout that relaxes them. One study showed that even the antcipation of laughing at a funny video can reduce stress.

TAKE A TIME-OUT FOR TEA

There's something familiar and comforting about the taste, smell, and warmth of tea. Just the ritual of making and drinking it can encourage you to slow down. Keep it unsweetened or use a sugar substitute. A squeeze of lemon can also add more flavor. or a splash of cinnamon.

DROP YOUR JAW

People under pressure have a tendency to clench thier teeth. Dropping your jaw and rolling it left to right helps make those muscles relax and reduces the sensation of tension.

RELAX FROM HEAD TO TOE

Starting at top or bottom, tense one set of muscles in your body at a time, hold for a few seconds, then let them relax. Work your way through all major body parts-feet, legs, chest,and arms, head and neck-and then enjoy the sensation of the release it provides.

FIND THE GOOD

Stuck in traffic? Appreciate the chance to sit and listen to tunes. Waiting in long store lines? Marvel at the decorations. Each time you have a stressful thought, think of something that makes you happy.

SEEK A FRIENDLY EAR

Call a friend and tell her that you just need two minutes to unload. When you're done, reciprocate. When both of you are finished, take one minute each to describe the things for which you're most grateful. A diabetic group can also help you deal with the stresses of the season-and beyond.

I think that you only see what you are looking for…
your Friend, Leigh


4 replies

vgarrison
vgarrison 2008-10-30 12:21:45 -0500 Report

Oh Leigh

Thank you for posting this. It was awsome…I printed it out and keeping it on my cork board at home. That way I can glance at it and try different techniques til I know the one that really works for me!!!!

Vicki
Blessed Be

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-10-30 09:04:03 -0500 Report

Leigh, Thank you for taking the time to share this with all of us, I think it was just what I needed to read today…The next couple of months are always so busy and hectic for all of us, reading this helps…Thank you, Thank you…Have a wonderful day!!!

Blessed!!!

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