What is stress?
Stress is common in modern lifestyles and arises due to an unhappy state of mind due to failure of expectation. There are many different circumstances that can cause stress. These include pressures from work, family, inability to achieve unrealistic goals, social pressures and worrying about things that you cannot change. Being under a immense amount of stress can lead to physical and mental issues.
Stress management is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control. No matter how powerless you may feel, remember you still have control over your life. Key to stress management is changing the stressful situation when you can, changing your reaction when you can’t, taking care of yourself, and making time for rest and relaxation. The first step is to recognize the true sources of stress in your life.
The cause or source of stress are:
- Nutritional deprivation, psychosocial problems or infections
- Inability to adapt to changing situations
- Set realistic goals and expectations in keeping with your ability.
- Negative thoughts produce stress- Be calm and positive in your thinking
- Avoid extreme responses - always try to take the middle-path and avoid extreme situations.
Healthy ways of coping with stress:
- Discuss with a parent, friend, teacher, - a different view helps
- Find time for relaxation- meditation and yoga also helps
- Start exercising with a friend or family member.
- Do not fear to fail – Success is always round the corner
- Try to stay calm and positive - avoid negative thinking
Unhealthy ways of coping with stress – say no to these...
coping strategies may temporarily reduce stress, but they cause more damage in the long run:
Stress and Diabetes
Stress whether it is long or short term can contribute unexplained high blood glucose levels. Stress can altered BGL in two ways:
- People under stress may resort to eat unhealthy "comfort foods", drink more alcohol and exercise less as you may feel lethargic. You may also forget to check your BGLs as required.
- Hormones that are released due to Stress, can alter blood glucose levels directly.