What advice would you give to help a person with diabetes balance the stress of the holiday season with their diabetes care?
While Diabetes can be stressful to manage at anytime of the year, it can become especially challenging during the holiday season. Whether it’s resisting all those treats at holiday parties or finding time to squeeze in physical activity between trips to the local mall, diabetes and the holidays just don’t seem to go together. Here are some useful tips to keep you on track: - Try not to over commit. - Set realistic, achievable goals for yourself and for your diabetes during the holidays. - There is a good chance you will have slip ups. Try to plan for these and create a strategy for getting back on track. - During the busiest part of your holiday season, write out a schedule and try to accomplish one holiday task each day. - Set aside time each day for taking care of yourself. - Because for many, holidays are a time of stress, it is important to check your blood glucose a little more often than you regularly do. Write down the numbers and if you are having a lot of highs and/or lows, discuss them with your provider. - Don’t set your expectations too high. Your family and friends will survive if you can’t provide the extra tray of cookies or the homemade candies. - Plan some of your social events around activities that don’t involve food. Instead of going out to eat with family members or friends invite them for a walk, to an exercise class or to volunteer at a local charity. - Schedule appointments on your calendar for regular physical activity. During the holidays more than ever it will be important to burn off those extra calories and exercise is a great way to re-energize yourself. - If your blood glucose levels are running higher than usual, drink extra water, this may help to bring the numbers down. - Get plenty of rest. Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season.