The most common advice that diabetics get is to change their diet and increase their activity level. Reducing stress is an advice that is given less often. However, it is really a great help if you try to decrease your stress level.
If you’re stressed, your body works double time to help you cope so it releases adrenaline and epinephrine to give you more energy and focus. Aside from hormones though, your liver and stored fats also releases glucose. And glucose is sugar.
You should also that there are two types of stress, acute and chronic. Acute stress happens when for example, your caught fire. Your adrenaline is instantly released, together with glucose.
The thing is, these types of stress happens rarely and they are normal. What’s more bothering is chronic stress. This type of stress is caused by events that are happening in your everyday life like finances, career and health worries.
You may think that these issues cannot be avoided, but in fact, you can control some of them. Here are some tips on how you can better manage your stress.
- Stop worrying about things you cannot change. If your boss is too difficult to deal with, it does not mean that you have to think of him until you end your day. There’s nothing you can do about his character but you can do something with yours.
You can choose to be happy despite of his gloomy attitude. You can choose to leave work problems in your office and enjoy your time at home with your family.
Do not dwell on events or people you cannot change. Choose happiness and choose how you will feel.
- Look for activities to do. Stop watching television just so you can forget about your problems. Do something that will interest and enrich you. You can walk with your spouse, trek with your friends or read a book.
These activities will not only take your mind away from issues, these can also help your mind focus on what’s more important.
- Avoid stress before it happens. You can do this by doing relaxing activities such as aerobics and yoga. Even if you are not stressed, doing these will help your body prepare for future events that might cause stress.
The reasons for stress are not unavoidable. Your plumbing can leak some time, and heavy traffic is not something you can control. But again, it all comes back to controlling what you can – yourself.
Have a happy disposition and remain positive despite of your diabetes and everyday problems and surely, the reasons for stress will do you no harm.
Stress reduction is one of the most overlooked aspects of treating diabetes. In fact, it can help you reverse the effects from type 2 diabetes.