Stress and diabetes can be a a deadly combination. Many people with diabetes are unaware stress can increase their blood glucose(sugar). A group of hormones, appropriately called the stress hormones, have an inverse relationship with insulin. If you feel physically or mentally sick, these hormones will activate causing your blood glucose to rise. Here are some tips to fight stress.
1. Get enough sleep.
Sleep deprivation places undue stress mentally and physically on your body. There is no substitute to a good night's sleep. A cup of Joe or a Five Hour energy drink will only add fuel to the fire.
2. Walk away your woes.
Routine exercise can burn away extra calories and extra stress. People who exercise routinely usually have high self-esteem.
3. Find a support group.
Sometimes talking out your feelings helps relieve stress. If you feel uncomfortable confiding in others try prayer or meditation.
4. Avoid your triggers if possible.
A resident at a nursing home I worked at blood sugar would rise each time her daughter came for a weekly visit. Luckily the daughter only visited the resident weekly. Some of us are not as lucky! Try taking a deep breath and count to ten before facing a potentially stressful situation and remember to walk away if the situation is unbearable. Your health is too important.
Do you have any other tips to fight stress? Please share in the comments below so together we can help others.