skip to main content
Healtheuniversity > English > Diabetes College > Feel Well > Stress, Anxiety and Depression > Manage Anxiety

Manage Anxiety

Anxiety is a very strong feeling of being nervous or worried. Take action to manage your feelings of anxiety.

  • Know the signs of anxiety.
  • Talk to your doctor.
  • Be social.
  • Get active.

Anxiety is a very strong feeling of being nervous or worried. Anxiety is common when you have diabetes. Anxiety can affect how well you control your diabetes. Anxiety can mean you are less able to take care of yourself.

Signs of Anxiety

Anxiety has many signs. 

Think about how you have been feeling over the past 2 weeks. You may have anxiety if you are:

  • not able to relax.
  • very worried with fears that are silly.
  • feeling tense.
  • finding it hard to focus.
  • in a bad mood.
  • not able to be patient.
  • having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • short of breath.
  • having problems with your bowels, such as nausea, gas, bloating, stomach discomfort, diarrhea (poo is loose or watery), or constipation (trouble having a poo).

Take Action

  • Talk to your doctor. Your doctor will help you with your stress.
  • Be social. Join a group, connect with old friends, get involved in your community, or volunteer. All of these activities will help you feel less stressed. Find out more about building healthy relationships »
  • Get active. Find an exercise that you enjoy and that is safe. Try to get at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise each day. Find out how to get active »
Last Reviewed: 10/16/2016