Today I want to talk about the mental stress of being a diabetic during this pandemic. We all have our share of problems. I lost some toes, and am constantly receiving laser treatments and shots to the eyes to keep my vision steady.
During this pandemic, our stress level goes up every day. We have to worry about the coronavirus along with our diabetes. This can be very stressful. I’m now going to discuss healthy ways to combat our stress and anxiety.
Embrace your passions. There has to be one thing you love to do. I love playing and writing music. I teach guitar, and it really helps me forget about my health problems. Learning or teaching a new song makes me happy. I love to explore how the musicians made the music and what equipment they used to create their particular sound. I also will be revisiting a guitar piece I was composing when I was in college.
Read a good book. Find a subject that interests you, and learn about it. If the subject you’re reading about takes your mind off your health issues, and gets you interested in the person or subject you’re reading about, this is a good thing.
Follow your favorite sports team. I love hockey. My favorite team is the Philadelphia Flyers. Sports is a fun escape from reality. If you know a lot about the sport, like the rules or player stats, this will keep your mind occupied..
The last and most important stress reliever is to be grateful for what you have. I’m grateful I can still walk and see. If you dwell on what you don’t have, you’ll just make yourself miserable. I saw a story on the news today about a blind chess player. She wins competitions often against people with sight. She recalls being made fun of when she was younger, and as soon as she discovered and mastered chess, she feels empowered. She claims people don’t ridicule her as much because she’s smarter than they are. Confidence in something you’re good at goes a long way. No matter what your disabilities may be, you can excel at something if you put your mind to it.
My next blog I continue to talk about ways to alleviate mental stress as a diabetic during this pandemic.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Stay healthy, romantic and safe!