Stress & Connection
reduce your stress
Reducing our exposure to stress is easier said than done. Life can be hectic, and the challenges of living with diabetes can cause us to experience added stress. We can lower our exposure to stressful situations by practicing regular stress management exercises and through the power of connection.
What is the importance of connectioN?
Diabetes is a tough diagnosis to receive, and having the right support network in place can help diabetics live healthy, happy lives. Supportive family and friends can get us through tough times, and provide us with the motivation we need to make healthy choices.
It’s important to have a medical team that is centered around you as well – one that consists of your physician, but may also include a certified diabetic educator, a behavioral health counselor, and a medical social worker that can connect you with the resources you need to succeed.
Start a Daily Yoga Routine
Yoga doesn’t have to be an intense workout either – simple poses alone can help us reduce stress, as well as improve our flexibility and range of motion.
Enhance Your Social Connections
- Make an effort to carve out time to be with the people you care about.
- Create a setting where people can let their guards down and safely confide in each other. Practice speaking about your feelings with authenticity and listening to others non-judgmentally and with empathy and compassion.
- One of the best ways to forge and maintain friendships is through built-in regularity — something you can plan around that is always on the schedule at least twice a month – perhaps meeting with your support group on a regular basis, or gathering around the table to play games, or planning an activity with family or friends that requires preparation and training together, such as a challenging hike.
Through mindfulness, we can more carefully examine our wants and needs, and better understand ourselves. But mindfulness has other benefits too – studies show that practicing regular mindfulness can help reduce blood pressure and stress. Here are simple exercises to get started:
Breathe from your belly rather than your chest, and try to focus on the sound and rhythm of your breath. This can help you de-stress and help you stay grounded in the present.
This one is easier than it sounds! Simply find a quiet place you can escape to regularly, and empty your mind.
Listen to Music
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