Stress management can play an important role in diabetes management. Everyday life is full of potentially stressful situations and, therefore diabetes and stress management can help control stress overload.
During periods of stress, people often pay less attention to diabetes management. Additionally, stress causes many hormone levels to rise quickly, leading to the release of stored energy – fat and glucose. This can result in high blood glucose levels.
Although we may be able to reduce some of life’s stresses, we cannot remove them all. That’s why it’s important to find stress management strategies that work for you.
Exercise is a proven way to relieve stress, leading to the release of endorphins and feelings of wellbeing. Breathing exercises can also be highly beneficial. For some people, relaxation therapy is a great way to manage stress; others find support groups are the answer.
Consider connecting with other members at the Community Forums section of the Diabetes Care Community, to learn what strategies they use to help manage stress. You can also post your own tips there.
If you or your loved one need help dealing with stress, talk to your diabetes healthcare team. They will refer you to the most appropriate resources. For more information, read our expert healthcare professional blog, The impact of stress on diabetes or our article Coping with stress: 5 ideas that work.