Managing stress helps control blood glucose levels
Stress. It's something that everybody has to deal with. But did you know that when you have diabetes, stress can increase blood glucose and can cause problems with your blood glucose control?
Here are some ways to help cope with stress:
Avoid it. Don't drive in rush hour. Sidestep hassles. Avoid situations that make you feel anxious, competitive or emotionally drained.
Build in pleasantness. Schedule things you enjoy: visiting with friends, watching sports, reading on the front porch.
It is easier to deal with stressful things when they are small.
To better cope with problems before they feel too big to handle, you can ask for help from your doctor, nurse or other diabetes team member.
Take a break. If you're stuck in a stressful situation, take a few minutes alone to sit, breathe and consider: What must be done now? What can you postpone? Things will look clearer in a few minutes.
Clear your mind. Concentrate on a peaceful, serene place and go there in your mind.
Find help. Talk to friends, your health care team, a therapist, a support group, and look for community resources.
Breathe. Deep, slow breaths will help relax you.
Stretch. Move around. Shrug your shoulders. Point your toes.
Eat well and stay active. As you adopt healthier habits, you may find it's easier to cope with life all around.
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Source: Allina Patient Education, Basic Skills for Living with Diabete, dia-ahc-90169
First published: 05/10/2010
Last updated: 05/10/2010
Reviewed by: Mary Frederick, RN, MS, CDE, diabetes program manager, Allina Medical Clinic - Diabetes Education; Dawn McCarter, RN, BSN, CDE, diabetes program coordinator, Allina Medical Clinic - Diabetes Education