Managing life is stressful, but managing diabetes and life is even more challenging. Our recommendations for managing stress aren’t unique to people with diabetes, but they are especially important for us. Here are three tips for managing stress with diabetes.
- Make time every day to exercise. Exercise is great for stress-relief and for keeping blood-sugar in check. You don’t have to spend an hour at the gym. Shoot for 20 minutes a day if that’s all you can get in. Take a 10 minute walk in the morning and another in the evening. Take the stairs at work, or park in the back of the parking lot at the grocery store. Make time to get your heart rate up!
- Stay organized by making lists. Keep a folder or notebook of lists– like items needed for trips, overnight stays, or everyday diabetes supplies for your backpack, purse or briefcase. Make a list of questions for your doctor at your next visit. Take it off your mind by putting it on paper. Then turn to your list to get prepared.
- Rely on your family and friends. Diabetes takes a village. Managing your health, medication, appointments, highs and lows are challenging. Ask for help. Every day. We want to help. Visit www.thediabetessupportgroup.org for tips, support and more!
How do you manage stress and diabetes? Share your tips and strategies with us!