By KimmyLSch Latest Reply 2010-11-08 14:53:28 -0600
Started 2010-11-05 09:21:46 -0500

Hi everyone, I'm really struggling right now on my diabetes, too much stress in my life right now, any suggestions? Thanks…

12 replies

Beerlilly 2010-11-07 23:40:49 -0600 Report

For myself what I do is listen to music or read a book outside (whatever the temp). When I listen to the music it seems that the beats of the song helps smooth myself out. Also, when I'm outside and I read a book just to hear the sounds that nature provide are/have a calming affect on me. However, I love to outside with nature; I'm not sure if you do or not. Best of luck with things.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-11-07 12:23:55 -0600 Report

I either lose myself in a book or I run away from home. Even if it's just getting away from what is causing the stress for a while. Find something you love to do that relaxes you. That is how I lived through raising 4 kids and now 2 grandkids while working 40+ hours a week.

sNerTs1 2010-11-06 13:26:24 -0500 Report

If you can, remove yourself from the stressful situations whether it be that you need to leave the house and go for a walk, dive yourself into your favorite chair and read a book or light a candle and meditate to taking a bath and letting calgon take you away.

Stress really plays with our sugars as you know so you need to take care of you! Stress normally comes from outside things coming in so its good to realize that once you are healthy emotionally, you can help others out with their needs. But you need to be there first.

I have always taken just 5 minutes to "breathe" , nothing else going on just Me time. It is surprising what just 5 minutes can do to your emotional health and you will also be surprised at just how long 5 minutes is. So take that time, you deserve it.

Take Care and Be Well. Let us know how you are doing ~ Cheryl

Guardianstone 2010-11-05 21:36:36 -0500 Report

I use several different methods of redusing stress. Art can be a way to express my frustration, anger and depression.
Helping others with their depression, or pain puts the focus on others.
Creating vertual vacations for someone that needs to step back from the stress, or creating your own can work for some.
Taking a walk, listening to music, go to the library, working with DC to help my second family, sing, scream (into a pillow), dance, have a cup of tea, read a book, do a puzzle . . . deep breath . . . it's a long list . . .Anything to distract or relax you.
Be good to tourself. That doesn't mean spend money. Do you have a dog or cat? Play with them . . . good for both of you.
I hope you find what works.
simetimes it can be a long warm soak in a tub.
Guardian stone

Rjhill74 2010-11-05 16:21:28 -0500 Report

Dear KimmyLSch,
I have had a lot of stress in my life for one reason or another. I have found that picking out a good book and reading for a while, writing poetry, singing, playing on my computer or talking to friends or to God like He was right here with me seems to help out a lot. It has been through a lot or trial and error. You will find some things that work for you. Hang in there. I was really at my end when I joined this community. There are some who are very supportive and have encouraging words. Good Luck and Be Blessed.

Harlen 2010-11-05 14:52:30 -0500 Report

Boy do I know what stress is lol
I dropped a lot of stress by letting me deal with what I can fix and dropping what I can not .Testing 4 to 6 times a day helps me not stress over D
Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-11-05 12:06:36 -0500 Report

Hello… Welcome to our family/community. Everyone has his or her own way to reduce stress so finding the right way for you may be different than what works for me… or for others. I often confide in my friends, both online and offline. I also take my problems to prayer and that has been known to, pardon the pun, work miracles. Becoming you own best friend is a great way to shake off maddening issues and answering your own questions as you would answer a friend can sometimes help. Sometimes just stepping back to look at options can do more than throwing yourself in the center and acting out of impulse rather than with careful thought and planning. Some people exercise while others walk or read or join support groups like this one. Try anything and everything until you find the best de-stresser. Some people laugh and some people cry. If it's all too much to deal with, consider a counselor and/or medication. But, meditation can sometimes trump medication. Keep your options and mind open and let me know if there's anything that I can say or do to help.

CaliKo 2010-11-05 10:29:24 -0500 Report

I find that exercise helps me reduce stress, and bonus, it helps blood sugar levels, too. Exercise, and more sleep is good, too. Good luck.

KimmyLSch 2010-11-05 11:01:25 -0500 Report

ty…I do go to Curves 4-5 days a week. Sleep is ok but I could use more…I'll see on my numbers next week whenI go in. I'm sure it will not be good.