How to Deal With Stress When You Have Diabetes

Diabetes StressDiabetes is a stressful disease. Even in our daily lives, stress can be hard to cope with. Add to that the additional stress of a chronic disease like diabetes and you can have a very hard time controlling stress. Stress can be an important factor affecting how you manage your disease. Stress can affect the way you eat and handling your meals is probably the most important factor in managing diabetes. Stress can cause you to skip meals or to overeat, with severe repercussions on your blood glucose levels. It can also cause you to be careless about monitoring your blood sugar or taking your medication. The symptoms of excessive stress – tiredness, drowsiness, and headaches – can also be confused with symptoms of mild hypoglycemia. As a diabetic, learning to manage your stress levels is especially important.

It’s impossible to remove stress totally from every aspect of your life. Stress is a necessary part of living our daily lives. Even so, there are some ways in which stress can be reduced to manageable levels. Coping with your stress will also help you manage and control your diabetes. Something as small as changing your outlook on life and the way you think about different situations can have important physiological consequences.

It all starts with a positive attitude. It can be as simple as trying to always see the good side of every situation. A positive attitude doesn’t necessarily mean putting on a false smile and faking being happy. This is usually worse for you. It only means finding good things to focus on about different aspects of your life and using these positive aspects of your life to help you get through the bad times.

Don’t be mean to your own self. Be realistic about your own capabilities. Think about your goals and be reasonable with your expectations. Treat yourself as you would treat other people you love. Many times we can be horrible to ourselves without realizing that there is no way we would treat the people we love in that way. Love yourself.

Find the way to accept situations in which you are powerless. When there are problems or situations for which you cannot do anything, it is easy to become extremely stressed. Always assess the following points:

  • Think about whether the situation is important enough to warrant excessive stress.
  • Assess whether it will still be important in the future, maybe two years ahead
  • Ask yourself whether you have any control over the situation and act accordingly.
  • Ask yourself if there is anything you can do to change your situation and, if not, accept it and move on.

Do not hold your stress in. Find someone to talk to about your stress. If you are shy or embarrassed when talking about your stress to your loved ones, find professional help. Counselors and religious advisers are trained to listen and give you insight about your situation. You can also try going to a psychologist or therapist or just talk to your health care provider about your options.

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