I'm writing a book about diabetes and stress

By sherifawson Latest Reply 2014-04-13 22:30:03 -0500
Started 2014-04-08 17:30:46 -0500

Hi everyone. I haven't been around much in the past year of two. I broke my leg and wrote a book. Please respond to my survey.What are the things that cause you the most stress, why do you think that is, and how to you manage it? Thanks

34 replies

mobydick9 2014-04-13 13:53:57 -0500 Report

without any stress at all many say our lives would be boring and would probably feel pointless. However, when the stresses undermine both our mental and physical health they are bad.

sherifawson 2014-04-13 16:08:37 -0500 Report

You're right on! Stress is part of life. It's how we handle it that varies. I find facing it rather than trying to avoid it is the authentic way. Since we can't truly avoid it. It's much less stressful and even less messy that way. Thanks for the input. What do you do about it? I'm curious.

mobydick9 2014-04-13 22:30:03 -0500 Report

The bad stress I share with trusted friends to get advise on how to Deal with the "stresser"the cause of the stress and when a friend is not available I will look for a place less noisy then where I am with a friendly surrounding ie garden street with lightes a park a place that is safe to think with less clutter I usually overcome the bad stress

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-11 01:55:47 -0500 Report

I never allow anything to cause me stress. I wake up in the morning and thank God for another beautiful day, and I continue to thank Him through out the day. This is how I keep stress at bay.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-11 10:26:36 -0500 Report

Me either Trudie. For some reason just because some people are stressed, they think everyone else is stressed. You can get rid of stress if you deal with problems when they happen. I don't look at life through rose colored glasses, I don't stick my head in the sand and I don't live under a rock. I live in the real world and deal with things in real time.

sherifawson 2014-04-11 09:53:07 -0500 Report

So do I. When stress comes up you manage your stressors in the moment and focus on what to be grateful for. Awesome. We could all probably get better at doing that.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-11 10:24:04 -0500 Report

You said, "Awesome. We could all probably get better at doing that." Who are the "WE" you are referring to.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-11 10:30:54 -0500 Report

Gratitude is given when you get something. It is shown in appreciation and thankfulness. You didn't give me anything. That is my opinion.

There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favors done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude.
Friedrich Nietzsche

sherifawson 2014-04-11 10:40:12 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reminder. I believe Truie Ann was referring to gratitude to the God for what she has gotten, not to other people in this case.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-11 10:56:15 -0500 Report

You replied to me not Trudie Ann. My response was based on what you said to me. I am not a very religious person by choice.

Stuart1966 2014-04-10 21:23:29 -0500 Report

I have ZERO faith in the approaches we utilize period. They are solely maintence and false pretense not a quality of life nor any interest in one. Experience has taught me disgust and contempt i seek a better tool. Tech is never the answer imhe

sherifawson 2014-04-11 09:58:35 -0500 Report

I agree. Science can only do so much and they limit themselves relying solely on data. Some medical professionals treat the person more than the illness but I have felt that for the most part they do not. It's hard to find a doctor or nurse practitioner who doesn't spend my 15 minutes looking a computer and not at me. Thanks for the input.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-10 11:28:56 -0500 Report

Thankfully, I don't read self help books. So I will never read it. I don't let life stress me out and if I feel I am getting stressed I take steps to get rid of it even if it means getting rid of the people, person or problem causing the stress.

tinkerbell54 2014-04-09 17:32:49 -0500 Report

my teenage daughter, my hubby at times & last my diabetes. Ruth Tinkerbell54

sherifawson 2014-04-11 10:02:28 -0500 Report

Tinkerbell 54, what do you do when your teenage daughter your husband and your diabetes stress you out? What are your de-stressors? What are your resources?

GabbyPA 2014-04-09 08:33:52 -0500 Report

What was your other book about?

sherifawson 2014-04-10 07:49:00 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby. It's the same book I but I thought it needed some work before it was ready. It's that perfectionist in me I am sure. But I realized I want more input from the community about what people need and want. I know what has caused me stress and derailed me through the years but other people have a completely different experience. So it's still the same book only much better.

jayabee52 2014-04-10 12:47:20 -0500 Report

Looking forward to the announcement of the publication

Praying success for your endeeavor, Sheri.


haoleboy 2014-04-08 22:35:37 -0500 Report

I meditate regularly and very seldom find myself stressed. what I find confusing, and at times a bit frustrating, is some of the seemingly contradictory information about diabetes … or indeed many times the lack of definitive, direct answers.


sherifawson 2014-04-10 08:01:10 -0500 Report

I agree. There are lots of opinions that are fed to us as facts.

Caroltoo 2014-04-10 13:08:50 -0500 Report

Also, there are many variations in the condition we refer to as diabetes. What is a fact in my walk with diabetes, may well not be a fact in yours. As we start this walk, it is confusing and frightening in our ignorance of the situation and we reach out for concrete help. In time, we will discover many of the answers (and sometimes even the questions) will change.

Neither the disease nor the solutions are one size fits all. The ancient Greeks still have it: KNOW THYSELF! Until we do, we can't fully comprehend our truth. The experiences offered here may help another find a little light for their path, but with each contribution remember while it may work for the contributor, it may not work for yourself.

haoleboy 2014-04-10 13:29:17 -0500 Report

very deep …
it seems the more I 'learn' about diabetes (and I have learned a lot), the less I 'know'.


Caroltoo 2014-04-10 16:35:50 -0500 Report

Haoleboy: It does seem like an illusive truth at times.
Take the long look, not the immediate one.
Deep? the wisdom of the orient grows on you after a few years deep in a mystical culture. Namaste.

haoleboy 2014-04-10 17:18:28 -0500 Report

of this much I am certain:
"Truth is a shining goddess, always veiled, always distant, never wholly approachable, but worthy of all the devotion of which the human spirit is capable."
_/\_ namaaste

Kaydoo 2014-04-08 20:23:23 -0500 Report

What stresses me out most of these days is when my blood sugar goes really high even when I'm trying to be good.

sherifawson 2014-04-08 21:10:09 -0500 Report

We all have that, true? Your response is perfect. You should get on my list for my book. I'm looking for people to critique it. Thank you very much! Message me.

sherifawson 2014-04-08 19:28:05 -0500 Report

Hey James thanks for the quick response. I'll be sure to keep you updated on my book. You're doing Ok it sounds like. I'm from Utah. Is Beaver Creek near Beaver? I'm in Salt Lake but I have friends all over the state.

sherifawson 2014-04-08 21:06:00 -0500 Report

There is a whole mountain wonderland in that area. It's beautiful! There is probably a Beaver Creek near there. You should come back to visit.

jayabee52 2014-04-08 21:01:15 -0500 Report

Sheri, Maybe it was Beaver UT. I may have conflated the place with the babbling brook and came up with "Beaver creek". Silly me! It was right along the interstate (I15 -93?)which is on the way to SLC.

jayabee52 2014-04-08 17:56:49 -0500 Report

Howdy sheri

LoL! What causes me the most stress is hitting the wrong keys repeatedly on this keyboard! Why do I think that is? It may have to do with my diabetic neuropathy in my fingers (tingling which makes them clumsy). How do I manage it? I pull out my already challenged hair as I am nearly bald. (tongue firmly in cheek!)

Serious answer:

I don't seem to have a lot of stress in my life, but when I do note I start down the path of stress, I just do something else, and divert my thoughts from the stressor. Of course since I am disabled I have not much which truly stresses me, so much of my lack of stess is situational.

When I stessed about stuff (before i was disabled) I took a "mental vacation", I imagined I was in a mountain meadow I had experienced a few years ago when on a cub scout camp out with my youngest son (who is now 25 yo). I imagined the sights and sounds of a mountain stream babbling down the mountain and listened to the sound of the pinetrees in the breeze. I even have occasional dreams about that meadow near Beaver Creek UT after all these years.

God's best to you and yours, and prayers for success in writing your book!

James Baker .

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