Living in a very hectic world with so many different signals coming at us in different directions – it can be really hard to quiet that inner voice that’s constantly talking over all of the sounds around us. Meditation is one of the solutions to help really calm your inner self and widen that space between perception and reaction so that when things happen, you don’t react to them so fast. For me, meditation has been the most important tool that I have found to manage stress. Starting with something as little as 3 minutes a day and graduating up to 20 minutes a day can make a huge difference in how you feel when you wake up every morning.
Yoga has many far-reaching positive effects on the body, starting with balance and stability, which can be a problem as people age. It also helps you with activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is also known as the “rest and digest” function in your body and helps you directly counteract the stress of daily life.
We live in a very chaotic world where it seems like there’s always bad news in the newspaper every morning. Having a community of family and friends that you can love, trust, and spend time with can really help you deal with the stress of daily life, manage your chronic conditions better, and maintain a happier mood. Human touch is so important; even a hug can release serotonin and provide you with happy chemicals that can make you feel better. Sometimes the best medicine is just spending time with your community.
When someone gets diagnosed with diabetes, it doesn’t just affect them; it affects their family and their friends. Diabetes can be a very scary diagnosis and it can be very overwhelming to learn how to manage it. Frankly, the best outcomes come with people who have a lot of support around them in making the lifestyle changes that are needed to improve their blood glucose. Changing your nutrition and exercise isn’t easy but when you have someone to help you like a family member or a friend who can be there and keep you accountable, you often have much better outcomes.
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