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Manage Stress

Diabetes can cause stress. Stress changes your mood and lowers your drive to get things done. Take action to manage your stress.

  • Practice stress management skills.
  • Talk to your doctor.
  • Be social.
  • Get active.

Stress is how your body reacts to a rise in demands in your life.

Diabetes causes a rise in demands. As a result, diabetes often causes stress. When these demands do not go away you may begin to feel like you have no control in your life.

Diabetes can also make you feel weak and exposed. You may feel hopeless and helpless as you try to manage your diabetes. Stress changes your mood and lowers your drive to get things done. These things include managing your diabetes.

Practice Stress Management

Change your life and make a choice to do so. Making a choice to change will lower your stress. Focus on things you can control and let go of things you cannot. Each person feels stress differently. Your thoughts, actions and how you react to something can improve how you deal with stress.

Practice the skills below to manage your stress. Most of these skills can be learned within a week.

  • Name the feeling you have and choose to change anyway. For example, "I feel out of control," "I feel like this is too much", or "I feel helpless". Once you accept how you feel, do something that helps you connect with your body.
  • Notice your body's signals. Knowing when these signals happen can take away your feeling of being out of control. If this does not work take the time to talk to a friend (someone you can talk to honestly). See if you can find one small step you can start with to make healthy changes.
  • Try relaxation techniques, such as muscle relaxation.
  • Try diaphragmatic breathing (learning to breathe from your diaphragm or stomach).
  • Try mindful breathing.
  • Try visualization.
  • Try affirmations (think good things about yourself).
  • Try meditating.

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