The holidays and stress often go hand in hand. Busy schedules, party food, gift buying pressures, more alcohol, and less sleep can fill our time. Diabetes management often gets put on the back burner, and we have a melt-down faster than you can say “Frosty the Snowman”! But that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some resources we've gathered to help you keep your stress levels down and your diabetes plan on track.
- Our friends at diaTribe have put together over thirty tips to help you manage stress, food, exercise and sleep during this busy time of year.
- Holiday foods stressing you out? Eating Well has eight techniques to help keep your blood sugars and your waistline from increasing.
- A jam-packed calendar and little sleep can make you more susceptible to illnesses like colds and flu. Being sick can also throw blood sugars off track and keep you from exercising. Check out twelve ways you can stay healthy this season from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Making healthy plans and taking small steps toward success are great ways to keep holiday stress at bay. These tips from Johnson Memorial Health will get you started.
Most importantly, remember to enjoy this speical time of year. If things do go a bit off track, don't beat yourself up. Just recognize what needs to be improved upon and take small steps to get back on the right diabetes path.