Manage stress when you have type 2 diabetes
Stress can affect your blood sugar and insulin levels. So it’s no surprise that learning to manage stress may help you keep your blood sugar under control. It’s important to look out for signals of unusual stress so that you can begin to find ways to cope with it.
What are some ways to deal with stress?
To cope with stress, try to find helpful behaviors that help you to feel more in balance. Here are some suggestions:
- Stay active. It can improve your blood sugar levels as well as your mood
- Meditate. Short periods of quiet reflection can improve your ability to cope with stress
- Be positive. Avoid negative thoughts by concentrating on things that you enjoy
- Spend time doing something you enjoy. Listen to music, take a bath, or work on a favorite hobby
- Laugh. Laughter may lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones
- Consider yoga. This form of full-body stretching can help you feel calm
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep loss may lead to weight gain and may interfere with your body’s ability to respond to insulin
- Make sure you have a good support network
- Talk to your health care provider. Be sure to have an open and honest conversation about how you're feeling
Cornerstones4Care® has a section full of ideas and strategies for healthy coping with the stress of diabetes and diabetes management.
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