Everyone has stress in his or her life. Too much stress can cause your blood glucose to go up.
When you are under stress, you may not follow your normal healthy habits. Some people may not eat properly. Some might forget to exercise. Others don't check their blood glucose levels.
Most people know what causes stress in their lives. Many people do not think ahead about how to handle stress. Even positive things, such as a new job, a birth and celebrations may be stressful and may affect your blood glucose.
Sometimes it's helpful to make a list of what causes stress in your life. Then think about ways to make these things less stressful.
For example, your work might cause you stress. You know that taking a short walk at break time usually calms you down. Or your children might stress you out. You know that taking a warm bath helps you unwind at the end of the day.
You may find it helpful to identify situations that cause stress. You can use this worksheet to list your stressful situations and possible ways of coping with them.
Stressful situations worksheet
Use your imagination to create or remember a place of safety and comfort. Use music or a special scent to help you picture this place. Enjoy the pleasant feelings and sense of comfort. Meditate on a word or sound, or focus on your relaxed, gentle, rhythmic breathing.
Some ways to cope with stress:
Remember, it is easier to deal with problems and stressful things when they are small. Also, you can ask for help from your health care provider, nurse or other diabetes team member to learn how to better cope with your stress.
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