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Managing your levels of stress is extremely important when living with type 2 diabetes, as it can cause complications for you if it isn’t controlled properly. Before we list some ways to manage stress, here are some signs that you’re experiencing an excessive amount:
- You’re having memory problems.
- You can’t seem to concentrate.
- You have anxiety or feel as if your thoughts are racing.
- You’re showing mood swings.
- You have changes in appetite.
- You’re either sleeping too much or too little.
- You have isolated yourself from loved ones and/or the public in general.
- You’re exhibiting nervous habits, such as nail biting, pacing, fidgeting, etc.
Sure, “good” stress can help you achieve deadlines. However, stress, in general, can lead to obesity, depression, heart disease, and stroke. It can also negatively impact your motivation to work out, maintain a healthy diet, and monitor your blood sugar level. Here are some ways to help you successfully manage stress.
- Be informed. Research type 2 diabetes, ask your doctor as many questions as you can. Don’t live in fear of the unknown; this is your condition and you should be informed as to what to expect and how to handle it so it doesn’t become worse.
- Create a routine and stick with it. This will save time and create less stress for you. If you have trouble remembering which medicine you took or how much you’ve had so far, consider purchasing a pill box. Staying organized will reduce your chances of becoming stressed over your condition.
- Consider meditating. Deep breathing exercises and sitting still to clear your mind are great for reducing stress.
- Try relaxing your muscles. Tense and then relax each part of your body, one portion at a time. Feel free to play some calming music in the background at a reasonable level. You’ll notice the stress drifting away when you’re in the right mindset.
- Find what works for you. Experiment until you find something that eases your stress. Whether it’s going outdoors, practicing yoga, painting, etc. You know what puts your mind at ease, so do it!
Consult your doctor if nothing changes. If you become stressed over trying to control stress, reach out to your doctor about what you can do next.