Staying Healthy During the Holidays: Diabetes & Holiday Stress

The holidays are quickly approaching, which for many people means a season of eating to excess and celebrating with friends and family. However, the holidays can also be an extremely stressful time, especially for those dealing with diabetes. Stress wrecks havoc on blood sugar levels, which makes it extremely important for people with diabetes to be extra careful during this time of year.

Be Aware of How Stress Affects the Body

When the body undergoes high levels of stress, it releases certain hormones, like cortisol, that cause spikes in blood sugar levels. While this happens to everyone regardless of whether or not they have diabetes, it’s especially dangerous for those that do have diabetes. That’s because it’s much more difficult to get blood sugar levels back to normal when you suffer from diabetes. Understanding how stress affects your body will help you better control your blood sugar levels.

Plan Ahead

Before all the holidays hit full steam, make a plan. To-do lists can be very helpful. Make a list of any errands, responsibilities, and events that you have over the next month. Maybe even write out a full calendar so you can visualize ahead of time what each day and week will look like during the holiday season. Knowing ahead of time what you need to do, and when you need to do it, will help reduce holiday-related stress and even allow you to plan out a little time to yourself to relax and de-stress.

Making Health a Priority

The bottom line in keeping holiday stress from affecting your health with diabetes is to make your health a priority, even when it’s the busiest time of the year. Take the time to eat healthy–try to cook at home and buy healthy options like frozen vegetables and whole grain foods. And don’t forget to exercise; physical activity is a great natural stress reliever. Exercise also helps to lower blood pressure and control glucose levels, along with many other health benefits for your body and mind.

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Take Holiday Stress Seriously & Fight it With These Tips!

Neverending shopping lists. Wrapping. Cookie baking. Cleaning houses for guests. Sending out the cards. Pulling out the tree.

Somehow, around the holidays, chores compile and overwhelm, dimming the merriest of spirits.

Holiday stress shouldn’t be taken lightly, as your mental health can take a serious toll around this time of year. Here are our tips for keeping holiday stress in check!

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