Self-Care is Key for Diabetes
Last week I hit the wall. Multiple deadlines looming in front of me, a suitcase in need of packing and had yet to be unpacked from my last trip; stupid life stuff like forgetting to get my car inspected and dealing with my health insurance company taking an extra two-weeks to fill my three month prescription for test-strips, eating up what little free time I had left. To top it all off, I have had a solid week of blood sugars refusing to play nice no matter what I did.
I checked my blood sugar (158), made myself what I was craving - tuna salad with fresh veggies and the last of the leftover quinoa salad from the fridge. I poured myself a glass of sparkling mineral water with lemon and fresh-picked mint from my garden. Then I sat down and ate the meal I’d just prepared.
After dinner, I headed outside for a 20-minute walk. I walked at whatever pace I felt like, and not because it was good for my diabetes, not because I was trying to lower my blood sugar, and not because I needed to exercise. I took a 20-minute walk outside just because.
Afterward, I went inside, took a hot shower and put on my PJs, watched some BritBox, checked my blood sugar, ate a hard-boiled egg and went to bed. The next morning I woke up feeling better - less stressed, more happy, and ready to take on the day. And my blood sugars played nice for the rest of the week.
What aspect of diabetes management do you struggle with most?