The COVID-19 pandemic has put global public health at risk. And as we stay confined to our homes, some of us are finding it harder to cope than others. Those with mental health issues and comorbidities like diabetes, lung, and heart conditions are the at-risk groups that need extra care. So without further delay, let's get into the tips pertaining to the management of diabetes and stress.
Tips for Diabetics on Managing Stress During Lockdown
Here are some useful tips for managing diabetes, weight, and stress (yes, all three!) during the lockdown:
1. Follow a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Even under regular circumstances, diet is the primary outlet in terms of managing blood sugar levels and body weight. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily routine along with high-fiber food items like whole grains. Also, incorporate high-quality proteins in your meals. At the same time, however, avoid snacking or binging on high-carb, high-calorie junk foods. While they are great as an occasional snack, they can cause spikes in blood sugar levels. This is a great time to inculcate the habit of meal planning and meal prepping. And since cooking is therapeutic, don't be afraid to don the apron and burn a few eggs! Your skills will get better with time.
With the current lockdown in effect, going out and exercising can be challenging. However, working out at home is not improbable. Exercising is the best way to work through that built-up stress and anxiety. The internet is rife with a great variety, ranging from high-intensity cardio to low-impact fat-burning exercises. Remember to pair your diet with an exercise routine to keep your weight in check.
3. Stick to a Routine
The best part about the lockdown is that you have more free time, on account of being cooped up in your home. However, not everything about a “boring routine” is unproductive. In fact, following a routine can be highly beneficial with regards to overcoming stress and feeling in control of the situation. Formulate and adhere to a well-defined timetable for eating, sleeping, working, and exercising. It will help you cope with the panic and/or anxiety, making it easier for you to transition back to normal when the lockdown comes to an end.
4. Maintain a Stock of Medicines
Stocking up does not mean hoarding your local chemist's inventory! However, it is wise to maintain a buffer, considering medicines may not be readily available. Hence, keep more than the required number of insulin vials, syringes, needles, etc. You can also keep spare batteries, strips, and other accessories essential for devices like glucometers.
5. Practice Self-Care
Let's be honest with ourselves - there is always something that we have put off for a later date or time simply because we were too busy. However, considering that the entire world has come to a standstill, now would be the best time to indulge in a hobby or acquire a new skill. It's not like we have anywhere else to go, right? Even if you cannot pursue these activities, it will be great to step back and take a breather. It is not a race! Focus on yourself and your well-being. Sometimes, it is a simple act of deep breathing or meditation that can work wonders in improving your mood. In addition to taking all the precautions, you should monitor your blood sugar levels closely. Moreover, consult a doctor to alleviate any other concerns. For more insights on taking care of yourself medically, visit the Go Health website.