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HEALTHY COPING STRATEGIES DURING PANDEMIC
This pandemic has made us more stressed. For people with the health condition of diabetes, stress might cause their blood sugar to be elevated. Each of us reacts to stress in different ways. However, here are some of the techniques that might help you to lower your stress during these difficult times.
Healthy Tips For People With Diabetes
1. Breaks: Take breaks from reading, listening, or watching the news and take breaks from your social media. Hearing anything about the pandemic might increase your stress levels. Be informed but limit your time in engaging with the news.
2. Healthy Behavior: Try to maintain healthy behavior especially you have diabetes;
- Eat healthy and well-balanced meals. Continue to count your carbs with your snacks or meals. It is very easy to reach for food when you are bored or stressed. You can keep a food diary so you will know how much food you are taking in.
- Get regular exercise. If the weather is nice, you can walk around the block or outside.
- Meditate, stretch, or take deep breaths.
3. Hobbies: Do the things that you enjoy doing such as cooking, playing your favorite sports, reading your favorite books, or listening to music that you love.
4. Connect: Set up conferences via Zoom, call, or text your family and friends. It is very important to let others know how you are feeling and let them know how you cope up with the current situations.
5. The Facts: It is very vital to be updated with what’s happening in your community. Utilize credible websites with trusted information.
6. Support: Seek support if your stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
7. Medical Appointments: Keep your appointments because there are lots of doctors who are doing virtual schedules. It could be stressful if you don’t have any experience with technology. It is very important to keep these appointments especially if you are dealing with serious health conditions that are associated with prescription or diabetes.
8. Be Prepared: Prepare for coming out of quarantine. You might have mixed emotions when this outbreak ends. You can experience guilt, frustration, anger, sadness, worry, or fear. Keep an eye on your emotions and feelings.
Additional Eating Guidelines:
- Have a regular meal all through the day.
- Vegetables must be the main part of your meal. Fill at least half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables.
- You might need to lessen the serving size of your snacks and meals. Eating too could make diabetes harder to manage and lead to weight gain.
- At each meal include a small serving of high-fiber carbohydrate.
- Choose a low-fat dairy product. Look for those with the least amount of added sugar.
- Limit unhealthy fats and foods that contain coconut oil and palm oil.
- Include healthy fats like seeds and nuts, olive, oily fish, or avocados.
- Avoid sweet drinks and lollies.
- Don’t add salt when you cook and lessen the use of high-salt foods.
- Use spices and herbs to add flavor to your food.
- Limit alcohol drinks per day.