Sara’s doctor tells her she’s at risk for type 2 diabetes. He urges her to lose weight by eating less and getting more active.
Sara sighs. To her, taking care of herself is just one more thing to do.
How Stress affects you
We understand that it can be stressful even to participate in this program and to think about all the lifestyle changes you may need to make. Changing behavior and asking your family to make changes to help you can also create stress.
Make unhealthy choices about your food & beverages
Slack off on fitness goals
Drink alcohol- which may be high in calories and may decrease your judgement leading to overeating
Spend too much time watching TV or using the computer
Put off doing the things you need to do
Rush around without getting much done
Sleep too little, too much, or both
Work too much
Evidence shows that stress changes your body chemistry in a way that adds to your risk for diabetes. Therefore, knowing what situations make you feel stressed and planning accordingly to cope with them is important. Managing stress can help you make better choices for preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.
Ways to Prevent Stress
Take charge of your time
– Get organized.
Reach out to people for support.
– Plan how to handle them or to work around them.
Be physically active. Physical activity is a great stress reducer.
Keep things in perspective. Remember your purpose.
– Remember why you joined this program.
Use problem solving techniques
– Think of all your options.
– Pick one option to try.
– Make an action plan.
– Try the plan. See how it goes.
An Ounce of Prevention . . .
The old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is certainly true when it comes to stress. It’s best to avoid stress whenever we can. However, if we cannot avoid stress, there are ways to manage it.
Ways to Reduce Stress
Make a to-do list
Set small, doable goals
Keep your things tidy and in order
Just say "no"
Ask for help
Get enough sleep
Take care of your body and mind.
Ways to Relax
Relax your muscles
Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress
Count to 20 in your head
Give yourself a pep talk
Take a breather
Talk about your feelings
Cut back on caffeine
Doing something fun