From the American Psycological Assn: 6 myths about Stress

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2015-03-12 12:44:07 -0500
Started 2015-03-10 18:30:11 -0500

Since PWDs have a lot of difficulty with stress and it raises our BG levels it might be a good thing to take a look at this subject. This came in my mailbox from the APA and thought I'd share with you ~

What do you think about this?

18 replies

lorlee 2015-03-12 12:44:07 -0500 Report

I think this has some great info in it and is more realistic. Sometimes taking the medication is the easy thing but not necessarily the best unless harm is happening/eminent. I listened to a speak just yesterday talking about anxiety management/fear and the idea was that you take a shoe box and put in it about 10 things that "distress" you, ie, doesn't make you stress. When you are faced with some stress or need to make a change, even a "baby step" change (this was in the context of eating behavior disorders), then instead of using food (eating or purging, binging), you go to the shoe box and use something in there.

panavi raymond
panavi raymond 2015-03-12 02:12:55 -0500 Report

Very informative article
I too had soo many myths on stress, many of them are clarified by a online psychiatrist doctor at
This article boosted my confidence, Thank you foe sharing..

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-11 16:06:09 -0500 Report

I am learning to deal with stress by changing my attitude…I use to be the go to person in the family for everything that needed to be fixed…EVERYTHING…I now will still help don't get me wrong…but my new favorite thing to say're an adult figure it out!!!

Tiffanystar 2015-03-11 10:56:01 -0500 Report

i have been dealing with stress for over 30 years it took time but have learned to deal witwith it and i can be done the article is a great help you will be surprised on how well it can work there were times i rushed to the DR and now i pretty much can handle what comes at me am doing well my surgar is 85 and managing quite well good luck to you all a diabetic has to know there bodies and listen to it and soon you can manage and its a great feeling all the best

Type1Lou 2015-03-11 07:45:09 -0500 Report

I've subscribed to the belief that there is no life without stress; lack of any stress = death. The key is to manage our stresses as the article cogently states. I find if I'm becoming overwhelmed, it helps me to make a list of the things affecting me, then isolate those things I can do something about and tackle those. Good article! Thanks for posting!

jayabee52 2015-03-11 07:57:27 -0500 Report

I agree Lou. There is "good" stress (called eustress) and "bad" stress it just is like you said up to us to manage it.

haoleboy 2015-03-11 12:11:08 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing James.
The concept of 'eustress' is fascinating for me. One of the biggest challenges I have faced since my stroke has been finding the "joy in life".
As a popular song from the 80's put it, "Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone".
I have spent most of my time dealing with the negative stress and very little trying to figure out what makes me excited.
A work in progress to be sure.


grantville 2015-03-10 23:24:29 -0500 Report

Stress can do a number on if you let it. Whether it be bills, health , or life. Its good to take notes and that way you can make a plan. If you health issues work closely with your doctor and do what it takes to control it !

camerashy 2015-03-10 21:22:10 -0500 Report

I've always known that stress is going to be there, but I usually shove it to the side and keep going. Without any stress at all life would be so boring I'd have to sleep through it.

Gatodeiglesia 2015-03-10 20:31:47 -0500 Report

I agree with all of you. And now I need some information, Where I can find Gimnema Silvestre, from India. I'm like to try with it.

r37774 2015-03-10 20:04:28 -0500 Report

I think it was a very good article. Stress does play a big role in our lives PWD. I had a very stressful job in procurement dealing with contracts. I found ways to make stress work for me and to lessen the negative impact that it brings.
I'm retired now but still very active. My wife and I gained permanent custody of our grandson 3 years ago. He is 15 and is in the 9th grade and we do on-line schooling with Connections Academy. Since my wife works I'm his learning coach and am on line with him every day helping him with his studies.I also help my wife with her job as a Realtor. I'm also still mentoring a few young people that used to work for me.Once in a while I also do some consulting in the Supply Chain field.
Stress will always be in our lives either working or retired. We can gain control of it and make it work for us with good A1C as a goal.

tantaopa 2015-03-10 20:03:13 -0500 Report

very interesting and I agree with it. I tend to be stressful person at times. I am working on it. When I am really stressing my blood sugars rise.

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