By Magpi Latest Reply 2012-05-09 11:54:51 -0500
Started 2012-04-27 19:07:32 -0500

My sugars have been crazy out of whack n my emotions r everywhere. Who else thinks stress is a major problem in their lives and it's effecting their glucose levels b what do u do to cope with stress?

11 replies

Hopester 2012-05-09 11:26:28 -0500 Report

Stress is everywhere…but we can live a stress-less life. For me, it's been making better choices about how I react to what would normally stress me out. My BG #s soar when I'm in stress. I finally determined I would NOT let things grab my emos and run me into dizzying, life-threatening numbers. How did it change for me? I was so stressed about being stressed I finally realize I was trapped in a squirrel wheel. I had to accept the fact I'd put myself in that wheel. Then, after pondering all this for a while, got disgusted with the cycle: doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results is insanity. I had to choose to react to my financial problems, people problems, work problems, whatever problems in a different way. Stress is stress no matter what trigger it, and it can become a habit of behavior. I had to change how I react to surprises and sudden unexpected bills, etc that ruffled me into panic over "what am I going to do????" I also had to face the fact, my emos were running my life… I was not in control… they were. Once I dealt with it, I'm gaining power over my emos enough to where my stress level is way down, I'm eating better, have loads of peace and am able to take one thing at a time. I guess you could say, I gave myself hope. Hope this helps a little.

granniesophie 2012-05-06 10:31:27 -0500 Report

My son-in-law says the only thing holding me together is stress. He told my daughter if I didn't have any stress I would fall apart. She, the smart-ass that she is, felt it important to tell me this! Figures one smart-ass would marry another!!
Gotta laugh! And laughing helps with stress. He doesn't even know how much he helps :)

jayabee52 2012-05-09 11:54:51 -0500 Report

I feel the same way about myself sometimes. If I relaxed I'd completely fall apart. Yet paradoxically I am usually quite calm and laid back. Go figure!

cindygal1 2012-05-06 07:44:10 -0500 Report

Have you talked to your doctor about your stress. I work cross puzzle books, read, but I don't have a lot of time because I also have a husband that is sick and has been for seven years now. He has a rare blood that can go into cancer and he is also a diabetic, so I spend a lot of time keepiing us on our routine and I talked to my doctor and she put me on some medicine that has worked wonders for my stress. Talkk to your doctor and the sooner the better

MississippiHippy 2012-05-01 00:26:05 -0500 Report

It's cuz stressed is Desserts spelled backwards… and we dont even get to enjoy the cake!!!! :( Watch a comedy. Hard to be stressed when ur laughing!!! :)

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Jeanette Terry 2012-04-30 16:01:42 -0500 Report

Stress can definitely affect your blood sugar levels. Personally, I have to just take time to do nothing (watch a movie, go for a walk, read a book). If I don't take the time to just relax even if only for a few minutes, I find that I end up super stressed and my diabetes control spirals downward.

JSJB 2012-04-30 15:41:04 -0500 Report

Stress releif for me is visiting my grand son and looking at my grandaught who will be graduating in 1 month, also taking a nice ride on my FLHR and growing veggies and fruits. I have learned to control my emotions that may cause stress

LLTennison 2012-04-30 07:26:54 -0500 Report

Stress is a silent, relentless, and slowly inconspicuous killer. It is the instigator for many ailments. It is true…stress will kill you, although it will not be the diagnosis. It seems everywhere you turn, you are told to relieve your stress. And that is almost virtually impossible in our culture today. You MUST take it seriously and give it your best effort. I think this aspect is every bit as important as every other method for controlling your blood sugar strategies. Stress relief is different for everyone. Discover what makes you happy and relaxed, and incorporate those activities into your life. You MUST take time for yourself!!! Don't expect too much too quick. Good Luck!

Nick1962 2012-04-29 18:55:47 -0500 Report

Stress definately has an effect on me! I know my numbers can be a good 20% higher, especually on a wednesday of a bad week. Just knowing I already had 3 bad days to contend with, and still two more to go adds to it. I drown myself in music on Saturday nights. The Ipad isn't always loud enough, so i put on the old fasioned padded headphones and crank it up.

Caroltoo 2012-04-27 19:46:56 -0500 Report

Stress is definitely a major problem with insulin resistance and the development of Type 2 diabetes. Linus Pauling was studing that way back in the 70's when he was studying aspirin. I'm surprised so little is made of the connection in most of the current literature. Well, on second thought, maybe I'm not surprised since so much of today's discussions are all about diet which is very important, but not the only thing we need to be aware of.

Meeting stress head on and resolving the issue causing it, is probably the best response, but even then you have to do something to deal with the adrenalin that has been let loose in your blood stream.

Best basic maintenance response for me is to walk 2-3 miles/day. I started walking 2 miles/day right after being diagnosed with D and found it lowered my BGs and reduced my stress. It's not a competitive activity, so I don't get the additional stress burden that I would if I were playing tennis, for example. Tennis, I play to win.

Other times, I look for less active stress reduction. Some of my favorites are a favorite meditative CD (Peter Kater's Water and Fire are two that come to my mind); a warm bath with sesame oil, baking soda, Epsom salts, and lavender oil is another; sometimes I lose myself in a good book, other times I journal; I sit in the evenings and look at the stars … basically, do whatever makes you feel good and relaxed.

jayabee52 2012-04-27 19:40:33 -0500 Report

for me it seems no longer to be the case as I have little stress in my life now.

However that was not always the way with me. I had out of control BGs within the first few years of being Dx'd largely due to stresses in my life at the time (mostly fianancial problems and problems with my 1st wife). Since I am medically retired due to kidney disease I really do not need to fret about stull any more.