We are living in a unique time in history. In the United States, we are trying to cope with a respiratory pandemic, an unstable economy, historic rates of unemployment, a health care system on the brink of collapse, credit card debt, inflation and an uncertain future. All of these factors contribute to severe stress for many Americans. Severe stress can significantly impact your health. Chronic stress can cause unwanted physical changes like an elevated heart rate or short, shallow breathing. If you are living with diabetes, undue stress can also cause your blood sugar levels to soar. One of the most effective ways to stabilize your blood sugar is to practice deep breathing exercises, rest and allow your body to return to a normal range.
For many people, it is difficult, if not impossible to find time for some R & R. Most of us do not have the ability to sleep more or take a nap. For those with diabetes, however, taking time to calm the body and mind is key to managing diabetes. Try taking a few minutes throughout the day to relax and breathe or engage in mini-meditations. For example, try taking two or three short minutes for slow deep deliberate cleansing breaths in the morning before starting the workday, again at lunch, and once more in the evening after dinner. Really focus on these moments, stop everything else and actively engage in your breathing. A few minutes of deep breathing can help your body and mind to relax and restore blood sugar levels to a more normal range. Increasing the oxygen in your bloodstream can help to regulate homeostasis in your mind and throughout your body. You may not be able to eliminate much of the stress in your life, but you can reduce some of the impact it has on your health.
For more information on how to reduce stress and improve your overall health, consider reading “The SuperStress Solution” by Dr. Roberta Lee. Although published in 2010, it is a fantastic, empowering book on how to reset your life while restoring harmony and balance.