April is National Stress Awareness Month
And here’s the kicker: Stress is terrible for our diabetes, and our overall health in general. Increased stress levels wreak havoc with our blood sugars; can mess with our hearts, not to mention our heads. And stress can add to our feelings of diabetes burnout.
I’m not telling you anything you don’t know, but I am encouraging to take the time this month to work on getting your stress in check.
How can you de-stress?
Here are a few ways to help you de-stress:
Acknowledge that you’re stressed and list the reasons why. A little acknowledgement goes a long way, as does listing what’s causing you to be stressed.
If you feel like stress is overwhelming in most dimensions, set up an appointment to talk to a pro about managing your stress. We all need emotional tune-ups — use April to schedule those tune-ups.
And lastly, reclaim your time and set it a side for doing things that you love to do! Every one of us has hobbies, and many of us find that our hobbies can be major stress busters. But ironically, when our stress levels go up, we tend to put our hobbies to the side because we don’t have time for them.
This month, carve out some time for doing what makes you happy.
Love yoga but you haven’t gone to a class in months? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to try a beginners yoga class but didn't know if you should or were too afraid to give it a try. This month, find a class that meets your needs and GO.
Do you live with any sleep disorders (eg. insomnia, sleep apnea, RLS) in addition to your diabetes?