Hi Champ! (I like the new moniker Lois gave you
your age and in the same boat... just ahead of you by about
10 years on diagnosis. Some help I can give you...
Stress management doesn't mean you must become an airhead who is spaced out and doesn't give a darn about
anything. Stress makes our body release adrenalin which kicks the body into high gear in case we have to kill a bear or swim a river or something. This is where the higher sugar levels come from. Exercise burns up that extra sugar that our body made available so it is removed from circulation. Ever notice how relaxed you feel after a game of basketball or a day of lawn work? You're tired but you're not stressed out.
The secret is to do some form of exercise during the day so your body can get rid of the adrenalin rush and it will learn to destress itself. Example: If you get a 1/2 hr for lunch eat your sandwich and milk, grab your apple and walk away from the building for 10 minutes. Turn around and walk back for 10 minutes. You have just done the perfect diabetic exercise, a twenty minute walk, and destressed your body, lowered your blood sugar and built some lean body mass (muscle) which burns more calories than bone or fat or organs and will use more sugar. Or you could leave for work 10 minutes early and park 10 minutes away from your office. You will get your walk in that way... ten minutes to the office, ten minutes to the car after work. While you are walking you can look at the world around you, increase your breathing, watch the seasons change and get a new perspective.
As you regularly use exercise as a pressure release valve your overall tension levels will receed a bit and you will handle stress better. This is important for your complete quality of life. Your 20 minutes a day will be a time you will look forward to for relaxing and sorting things out in your mind. The use of your largest muscles, your leg muscles, increases and enhances circulation which will in turn make your mind more sharp, help prevent neuropathy, help slow down all kinds of diabetic problems like blindness, leg ulcers and even E.D. (It also helps keep you regular.)
You can look on this as a prescript
ion you have to fill every day. If someone asks about
your walks you can say, "I gotta do it for my diabetes. I've already lost 2 inches in my waist! Wanna' join me tomorrow?" Then you can walk and talk with a friend. Walking and talking uses more calories than walking alone. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie "People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in
, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross