Stress. It Matters A Lot!

Pegsy
By Pegsy Latest Reply 2017-10-25 05:49:59 -0500
Started 2017-09-02 19:15:08 -0500

I haven't been posting a lot on here for quite a while. I've been very busy just trying to survive my life. The stress has been huge, relentless, and FELT that it would never end, even though I KNEW it eventually would. I know I carry on about stress a lot and everyone is probably tired of hearing it but…

For five years I was trapped in a failing business franchise that I could not repair nor abandon (without being sued). The stress was overwhelming to say the least. The financial stress caused a great deal of anxiety and poor sleep. I couldn't take time off to relax, travel or just be there for family and friends. But thanks be to God, it's over now! It's been over for a little more than a month. The changes in my health are shocking!

The first change was greatly reduced anxiety. With that came sleep. Lots of it. Good quality sleep. Complete with dreams, LOL! With that came even less anxiety. With that came better glucose control. Much better glucose control. My A1c went from 6.5 to 6.1 with no dietary changes and less exercise that previously. I don't have to exercise intensely several times per day any longer. I still exercise every day but it isn't required after every meal in order to combat the insulin resistance. I can't wait to see what my A1c will be 6 months from now.

I've enjoyed some badly needed time off to relax, travel a little, and visit family. I'm getting my home back in order and enjoying that. I'm getting back into hobbies I enjoy. I'm a little bored being home alone all day but I'm getting out as much as I can and keeping busy at home when I can't. I may have an at home job soon doing legal transcription. I'm looking forward to actually getting paid for my work and being able to control my work hours and even take work with my when I travel rather than work preventing me from traveling.

Life is looking up and I am thanking God for every bit of my new found peace and happiness!


19 replies

pallavi.ruchika
pallavi.ruchika 2017-10-25 05:49:59 -0500 Report

I can understand what you might have been through. Especially family and friends the ones who help us navigate through tough times.

As rightly said " What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". So you are much more stronger now than before. Congratulations :)

Langerhans 1975
Langerhans 1975 2017-09-19 14:49:48 -0500 Report

Im so glad your stress has reduced. I can confirm that stress has a huge impact on my levels aswell, although Im not sure if it is the lifestyle changes that come with stress that is the culprit or if it is the hormonal impact of the stress on my physiology? Take care and enjoy your less stressful time off.

LRD
LRD 2017-09-12 14:19:42 -0500 Report

Glad to hear the news. Congratulations on indurance. Hope everything keeps looking up for you.

suecsdy
suecsdy 2017-09-09 11:48:52 -0500 Report

It's so good to see you happy Pegsy. It even shows in your post. You just seem lighter in spirit. I'm happy for you.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2017-09-09 16:15:48 -0500 Report

Thank you! I am much happier. When friends see me they keep telling me how great I look. The stress really used to show.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2017-09-05 22:15:05 -0500 Report

Hey Pegsy, I had noticed that I wasn't seeing you around as much. Now I know why. I know what's like to be caught up in something that has you feeling trapped, struggling to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I was caught up in a career that was dong that to me, many years ago. The stress is overwhelming. And you don't totally appreciate just how stressful it was until it's over, and you see what life can be like. Sounds like that's what you are experiencing now. So glad to hear this is all behind you, that you are living a much more restful life. Excellent! Well, it's nice to know you are in a better emotional space. Looking forward to seeing you around more often.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2017-09-06 14:44:37 -0500 Report

Thank you, Dr. Gary. I really do feel like a new person getting used to a whole new life. I feel like I've been in prison, doing time but now I'm free.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2017-09-16 23:31:55 -0500 Report

Hey Pegsy, that's a great way to say it. I'm really happy for you, and looking forward to hearing more.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-09-04 09:32:11 -0500 Report

Hi Pegsy, long time no see. So glad that things have come together for you. Stress not only has an effect on your diabetes, it can cause heart and mental health problems. Stress can kill you.

Now you can take time to do things you have put on the back of the shelf. Live life and enjoy every minute of it.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2017-09-03 10:43:55 -0500 Report

I'm so glad that the nightmare is now over — the constant exercise and stress of running a business are enough — but the stress of being locked in for a period of five years is even worse! It's wonderful that you can sleep and do the things you love to do now and are able to keep your BG controlled with moderate exercise. Also, that you might be able to do legal transcription. I'm sure that pays quite well for stay-at-home work! So happy for you and glad that you can travel finally!!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2017-09-03 10:05:44 -0500 Report

That is amazing. You should write a paper or something to illustrate this. I know that everyday low level stress we have all gotten used to having should go, but sometimes we don't even know we suffer from it. That is so good and I am glad you are in a better place now.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2017-09-03 14:05:25 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby. I feel for those who have stress that is completely out of their control. Stress management is necessary for all of us but sometimes it's out of control and there is little we can do about it, for a time.

BB42
BB42 2017-09-03 09:30:35 -0500 Report

Stress can be a killer. Glad to hear that things have straightened out and your life is back on track. Most of us hit troughs in life. No fun and takes a lot of strength to overcome. Be proud of your accomplishment

Pegsy
Pegsy 2017-09-03 14:06:24 -0500 Report

Thank you. I'm more relieved and grateful than proud. It feels so good and that's what matters!

msann
msann 2017-09-03 09:11:21 -0500 Report

hey lady stress is your main problem i am caregiver for my aunt and mom so i have to talk to myself because i will raise my bsl and lately that exercise for me is working you see my mom didnt raise me my aunt and grandparents did so that is a big problem for me but good luck enjoy your day

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