3 Ways You Can Take Hold of Your Diabetes Today
Life with diabetes doesn’t have to be exhausting. While it may feel as though there are numerous changes and adaptations one must put into place, managing your diabetes can help you gain a better understanding of your body’s needs and how it reacts to everything from what you consume, your emotions, and physical activity. Starting today, you can implement easily-adaptable changes to your everyday routine. We’ve compiled the top three ways you can begin better managing your diabetes beginning today.
1. Be Mindful of Everything You Consume
When consuming a meal or beverage do you ever take the time to truly appreciate it? This may involve taking in the scent, putting down the fork, and slowly enjoying its flavors. The term “slow eating” was adapted to create a mindfulness of the food and drinks you consume on a daily basis. By paying attention to what you consume, not only are you more aware of what you’re consuming but you will feel more satisfied in return. To practice mindful eating, you’ll want to avoid the distractions of cell phones, the television, or eating while you work. Your stream of consciousness can only focus on one thing at a time. By focusing on your food, you are more likely to make wise decisions and feel more satisfied.
2. Let Go of Toxic Relationships
Did you know toxic relationships can have a negative effect on your diabetes? Since diabetes and depression tend to go hand-in-hand, any negative relationships can heighten feels of anxiety and depression. These emotions affect your heart. From arguing to stressing about encounters, and feelings of anxiety that linger long-after conversations — toxic relationships must be avoided at all cost if you have diabetes. This may include a damaging friendship, a verbally abusive spouse, or any partnerships that hinder your ability to feel happy. Instead, you should focus on supportive relationships as these types of bonds help you grow and get rid of the toxicity that you may be carrying from past relationships. They also a safe-zone where you can release feelings of anger, pain, and regret, and move towards new beginnings.
3. Make Relaxation a Priority
In addition to mindful eating and supportive relationships, relaxation is another technique that positively affects diabetes. Chronic stress has been shown to increase blood sugar levels for individuals with diabetes. Relaxation can, however, lower your stress level. Consider meditating for 10 to 20 minutes a day. Meditation allows you to focus on your breathing and spend time alone decompressing life’s everyday stresses. Another form of relaxation includes partaking in a hobby that brings you joy. Whether it’s reading, painting, sewing, listening to music, or going for a walk in the park. Make your favorite pastimes a priority!
Consult with Diabetes & Endocrinology Specialists of El Paso Today
Managing your diabetes is possible. Sometimes even the most disciplined person needs a nudge in the right direction. At the Diabetes & Endocrinology Specialists of El Paso, we recognize how difficult and confusing it can feel when it comes to your health. Our team is committed to providing you with the answers and help you guide to take hold of your diabetes. Through our personalized diabetes management program, we’ll help guide you through a treatment plan that’s unique to you and your needs. For a one-on-one consultation with our diabetes doctor, Dr. Ifeoma Egbuonu, please connect with us today.