I get stressed out because life; diabetes, trying to make a living - stuff like that. I’m trying to get a better handle on my stress for my mental and physical health - and let's face it, who wants to be stressed out?
Here are some stress busters I’m doing to help cut down on stress and live a good life.
For a few years I attended an amazing gentle stretch/restorative yoga class twice a week, religiously. Then my teacher sold the studio, I couldn’t find a class I liked and life got busy. Lucky for me: I knew the basic moves down so I practice at home and when I remember.
I make it a point to stretch and practice my yoga breathing - it makes my body feel better. I also found a gentle stretch yoga class that starts up in a few weeks - I'm stoked.
Reading for pleasure
As a child, tween, and teen I was veracious reader - reading two or three books at a time, getting lost in the stories within the pages. As a grownup, I don't read much for pleasure anymore and that sucks. I’ve been making a conscious effort to set 20 minutes (usually before bed) unplug, and read for pleasure. Now I find myself looking forward to my “book time,” throughout the day. Snuggling in with a good book widens my horizons, calms me down, and it's relaxing.
I love photography and always have. For my last birthday, I bought myself a DSLR camera and I'm teaching myself to use it. I'm reading the instruction book and setting aside time every week to “play” with my new camera. As in, taking pictures; experimenting with camera settings, photographing new and old surroundings, and just having fun!
It's a hobby I not only love - it's a hobby that teaches me new things - both technically and artistically, and it boosts my confidence! Now instead of being bummed about the days getting shorter, I’m looking forward to capturing a few weekend sunrises!
So... what are you guys doing to help cut down on your stress?
Do you live with any sleep disorders (eg. insomnia, sleep apnea, RLS) in addition to your diabetes?