How to cope with diabetes stress: Diabetes can be challenging to manage. One might feel overburdened at times. Frequent blood sugar level checks, eating healthy, regular exercising, medications, and other health-related decisions daily are to be made. One might also be concerned about low or high blood sugar levels, the cost of medications, and the development of diabetes-related complications like heart disease or nerve damage.
When all of this becomes too much to handle, one might suffer from diabetes distress. This is when all the worries, frustrations, anger, and burnout make it challenging to take care of oneself and meet the demands of diabetes daily.
Cortisol, a stress hormone, pumps more sugar into the bloodstream, raising blood sugar levels that one works hard to control through diet, exercise, and medicine. Stress management is essential for everyone’s health but especially critical for people with type 2 diabetes as it causes the body to react by increasing the risk of diabetes complications.
Although we may not be able to eliminate stress from our lives, there are a few things we can do to reduce it while still maintaining diabetes control.
Make sure you get enough exercise
To help maintain a healthy weight, lower blood sugar levels, and relieve stress, regular exercise is usually a significant component of a diabetic treatment regimen. Exercise has the effect of taking your mind off your worries, mainly because it causes your body to release “feel good” endorphins. Choose an enjoyable exercise, such as swimming or dancing, but consult your doctor before beginning anything new. Ensure you know when to check your blood sugar levels (usually before and after exercise) and when to skip the session if they’re too high.
Pay close attention to emotions
Almost everyone experiences frustration or stress at some point in their lives. Diabetes can exacerbate these feelings and leave one feeling helpless. If someone experiences these feelings for more than a week or two, it’s possible that they need help managing their diabetes to feel better.
Begin with small adjustments
To break the habits that have gotten set in one’s head, it’s often important to shake things up and do something simple. Adding a little more food to one’s diet during the day can improve one’s mood dramatically.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
Relax the muscles by breathing deeply, meditating, or visualizing:
Relaxation exercises. Crush one body part at a time until it is tightened and loosened. After 5 seconds of holding, let go.
Deep Breathing: Concentrate on breathing by inhaling slowly and deeply through the nose, exhaling through the mouth after a few seconds.
Yoga: Relaxes tense muscles and diverts attention away from life’s stresses.
Allow family and friends to assist
Those closest to you may be able to help you in a variety of ways. They can aid in the remembering of drugs, the monitoring of blood sugar levels, physical exercise, and the preparation of healthy meals. They can also study more about diabetes and attend doctor’s appointments with it.
When one has type 2 diabetes, not knowing enough about the condition is a common source of stress. Unknown things are frightening, but the more one knows about diabetes, the more confident they’ll be in their ability to manage it.