November 14th is World Diabetes awareness day and you may have already seen some news reports that talk about there being a ‘sudden increase’ of Diabetes (Type 2) in the U.K.
In today’s blog post, I wanted to look at the conneciton between our stress and anxiety levels and the rise in diabetes.
The stress and anxiety connection- here’s what is happening.
When we become stressed,or anxious, what happens, is that our physical state changes in response to what is going on mentally, Our body produces adrenaline and cortisol. And this upsets our whole systen. Things such as our hormobes, our blood pressure and our blood sugar levels can be affected.
This means that our stress and anxiety levels can have a direct affect on our physiology.
But if goes deeper than that .. it van also mean that one common way as to how people react to this upset system, is to reach for something comforting.. comfort food.. I am talking cookies, wine, mashed potato and chocolate.
Particularly at this time of year, winter, as the cold and dark nights draw closer, we suddenly become less active, and fall into the trap of comfort eating. We believe that carbs and sugar will give us more energy.. but this sedentary lifestyle, laden with sugar, will lead us to diabetes.
Here is what we need to do about it..
We need to addreess that there is this problem, and then we need to figure out how to tackle it. The way to reverse or reduce the likelyhood of getting Diabetes, is to adopt the following lifestyle.
1) Get active – even if it’s too cold to go walking, get a fitbit and do steps around your living room.
2). Take personal responsibilty for the food that you consume and put into your body.
Nobody can force you to eat unhealthily and sure, eating well may not not always feel like fun to you. But you have to think about the long term health benefits if you want to ward off diabetes type 2.
Here’s what to do about your stress levels.
Okay so we have talked about exercise and food, and none of that information is new to us, yet we still seem to find that we resist it, because stress and anxiety gets the better of us.
Or of course, let’s not beat around the bush here, some of us are just lazy…..
But what can you do if you want to reduce your stress levels as part of your overall plan of action?
- Get a support network around you – let your friends and family and partner know that you want to break this cycle, and reduce the stress that is in your life, and ask them to help you do that.
- Remove anyone, or anything from your life that you think could be a trigger and see how you get on and whether anything changes.
- Take up meditation and mindfulness as you go about your daily living, small and simple changes can be really effective and will instanly calm you.
Take this one day at a time, and don’t overwhelm yourself in the process of trying to change things. It is often through doing this that things can become too impossible for us. We look at a mountain of change and feel too overwhlemed to move it.
Start small and steady in both diet and mind, and work towards creating balance.
If you feel you are out of control of your emotions and are worried that they are affecting you physically, book a clarity call with me and let’s chat.
Until the next time,