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Self-Care is Key for Diabetes

Work and life have me feeling overwhelmed and stressed as of late. It’s a busy time of year – lots of work, lots of travel and multiple deadlines – both personal and professional.

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.

What self-care can look like

I came home from work one night after seven hours at my computer and started to cry. A dose of 
self-care was immediately required.

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.

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