Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.
For those experiencing more of the “everyday frustrations,” figuring out what’s eating you is always the first step in combating stress.
Once you’ve pinpointed your sources of stress, you can hopefully tackle them directly by changing your schedule or talking with the people involved. In the meantime, there are some very effective methods that can help you relax:
Did you know that simple exercise is the most effective and portable stress-
management tool on the planet?
We can’t overemphasize the importance of being physically active. Regular exercise eases tension and anxiety, improves sleep, gives you more energy and a sense of well- being, and even improves your sex life, according to clinical studies. Exercise makes you feel better about yourself, your quality of life, and your independence as a person with diabetes. And as an added benefit: nothing goes further towards staving off diabetic complications.
For more information on this, see the website: http://exerciseismedicine.org/
Try any kind of rest and relaxation activities that suit your tastes: inspirational books, movies, or music, seeing a counselor, or practicing stress reduction through meditation, yoga, or Tai Chi (controlled movement and breathing exercises).
Sometimes simple choices — like changes in your work or home environment — can make a difference too. Maybe you can work with your boss to take some responsibilities “off your plate,” or move your workspace at home into another area to cut down on the noise factor and distractions. It’s worth thinking about the little things that aggravate you on a regular basis.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This fancy-sounding treatment is also quite useful offsetting stress and lowering your blood pressure. It’s a therapeutic approach that teaches people to alter their feelings when encountering predictively stressful situations – in other words to react less negatively to the stresses in their lives.
You can read more about CBT at this link:
and search for a certified CBT therapist in your area here:
Bonus Tip: Check out a great overview of “Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief” at this link: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_relief_meditation_yoga_relaxation.htm