7 Ways to Manage Stress and Diabetes

By caragypsy Latest Reply 2015-01-22 19:34:07 -0600
Started 2009-07-26 16:39:47 -0500

I was reading a newsletter that I get and found this. It had some times that helped me so I am hoping some of you will find it helpful too. Cara

1. Set goals. Vague goals won't cut it when it comes to stress and diabetes. Researchers at the Open University recommend that instead of setting "lose weight" as a goal, you should make realistic, measurable and achievable goals, such as "I will walk 20 minutes each day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday." Instead of "Take better care of my diabetes," set a goal of "I will drink diet cola instead of cola with sugar." Measurable goals are more likely to keep you motivated so you can better cope with diabetes and stress.
2. Identify situations that cause stress in your life. Be as specific as possible and develop better strategies for coping. For instance, if you feel overburdened at work, take a time management seminar, delegate, or negotiate a work-at-home arrangement.
3. Ask for help. At home get your partner or children to pitch in more on a daily basis, or consider hiring professional help. Ask siblings to help with elderly parents, or look for support networks in your community.
4. Exercise more. During exercise your body releases a host of feel-good hormones - endorphins and serotonin. These hormones improve your ability to cope with diabetes, make your body more efficient, and help you to relax.
5. Practice daily relaxation. Learn meditation techniques you can do at home (such as deep breathing for 10 minutes, three times a day), or join yoga or tai chi classes.
6. Eat a healthier diet. Some foods can exacerbate stress, such as sugar and caffeine, so try to eliminate or limit them. Plus, better nutrition naturally helps to control your blood glucose levels.
7. Find creative solutions to managing your diabetes. If stress occurs because you can't remember to take your diabetes medications, buy a watch with an alarm to prompt you. If your weight is the problem and you can't stick to a diet or exercise regimen, sign up for a weight-loss program and hire a fitness coach.

11 replies

Edie 2015-01-22 19:34:07 -0600 Report

I downloaded the 21 Day Guide and found this Discussion and have copied it to my Folder on my Computer under Diabetes 101. This is so helpful Thank you Cara

mas14years 2011-01-06 18:28:58 -0600 Report

I think the most important thing is to be realistic. It is hard to set goals and to feel like you have failed is just depressing.. I always hated the sayings baby steps, or one day at a time, but they are very true..I am going to start the 21 day guide on Monday and I am really looking forward to it.

steely 2009-08-06 08:38:37 -0500 Report

Thanks for these tips, I wish I were better at achieving goals. I keep trying.

caragypsy 2009-08-11 16:34:46 -0500 Report

I was told take baby steps, do a little bit at a time and that is how I'm trying to go. I take very short walks (10 Min's) once or twice a day.

Avera 2009-07-27 00:06:47 -0500 Report

These are some excellent suggestions. I am always looking for new ideas and better ways to do things. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Caringjan 2009-07-26 20:03:44 -0500 Report

Thanks! These is very comprehensive suggests. I will put them into practice and share with other diabetics I know.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-07-26 20:29:59 -0500 Report

Thanks Cara, these are simlpe ways to help you manage
your stress levels. As diabetics we need to control stress as it can cause our BG's to sky rocket and we really don't need that. Dan