In today’s world we are always set in overdrive with so many obligations, a fast paced society, and electronics all around robbing us of our precious time and attention. We are always going and doing so much. We get so busy in our day-to-day lives that sometimes we set aside our own needs. This has been my story such a long time, as I’m sure it is for many of you. I have always wanted to take care of others and never ask for help. In doing this I have neglected myself and my own needs. You are your greatest asset and if you are not taking care of yourself then how can you take care of others? When you have diabetes, both your physical and emotional well being can be affected and compromised when you ignore these needs…
When you are stressed, your blood sugar levels rise. Stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol kick in since one of their major functions is to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it’s most needed. It is the fight or flight response in our bodies. Both physical and emotional stress can prompt an increase in these hormones, resulting in an increase of the blood sugar.
Anything from breaking up with a love one, stress at work, family, fighting with someone, or just the overall stress of daily life can be draining on the body. Also, suffering from a cold, flu or any kind of infection places physical stress on the body which also helps raise your sugar levels. You can also compromise your levels when you are under pressure or upset and you lose your appetite, skimping a meal — or worse — start to emotionally eat and dive into the not so healthy snacks such as cookies, chips and candy. Also not working out can also be a major negative on your body. Just getting at least 20 minutes of exercise everyday can drastically decrease stress and is a great way to lower your blood sugar levels.
So everyday it is really important to take some time for yourself whether it is waking up 15 minutes earlier in the morning to meditate or taking a walk outside in nature. So, make sure you are taking care of yourself and do what makes you happy!