Six Simple Ways Diabetics Can Reduce Stress

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Living with type 2 diabetes has its challenges, but it doesn’t have to be complicated if you know how to get a grip on stress. Stress is, unfortunately, something we all struggle with. But if we learn how to keep it under control, it is smooth sailing from here on out. The first step involves recognizing the symptoms of stress. These include – memory issues, being unable to focus, experiencing anxiety, shifts in mood and appetite, sleeping too much or not at all, being antisocial, exhibiting habits of nervousness (nail biting, pacing, etc.). The next step is to learn how to manage it. Here are six simple ways you can help reduce stress if you’re diabetic.

  1. Meditate. Relaxation is a great way to unwind and break free from the chains of stress. You may notice a difference simply by setting aside 5-10 minutes each day to meditate. There are proven benefits of this technique, as a 2014 medical journal reported that mediation can aid in lowering the risk of heart disease.
  2. Practice progressive muscle relaxation. This involves the tensing and relaxing of each part of the body, one area at a time. You can find music and instruction online to help you get started. This helps decrease your anxiety.
  3. Find what works best for you and make it a habit. If you have ways of relieving stress, such as hiking or fishing, etc., do it! Everyone has their own way of relaxing and easing the burdens placed upon us by everyday life. Find your happy place and go there as often as possible.
  4. Stay educated. Learn as much as you can about type 2 diabetes so you know what to expect, what your boundaries are, etc. The more you know, the easier it will be to manage it.
  5. Maintain organization. If you have to consume multiple pills, consider getting a pill box so they’re all in one place. This simple task can relieve you of having one extra thing to worry about or stress over.
  6. Stay in touch with your doctor. Health professionals are there to help you; if you find that the amount of stress in your life is taking over, contact your doctor.