Today I want to continue to discuss ways to relieve stress as a diabetic during this pandemic. I talk often about joining online diabetic groups on Facebook and other platforms. These are great ways to voice your opinions and help others get through their problems.
At the end of the day though, you determine your diabetic fate. Through exercise, education, religion(if you follow one) and faith in yourself ultimately plays a big role in your physical and mental health.
I don’t exercise as much as I should, but walking in the park a few times a week helps me clear my head of problems. You can also park further away in a shopping center parking lot to get some added walking time. Go on YouTube and look for exercise programs, since in my opinion gyms right now aren’t the safest option during this pandemic.
Educate yourself about diabetes through talking to other diabetics, reading online blogs, and asking questions to your doctors. From the first day on my diagnosis, to surgeries, rehab, and health setbacks I also wanted to know ways I could stay healthy and maybe someday beat this disease.
If you’re a religious person say a prayer before going to sleep at night thanking all your friends and family who continue to support you. Pray for peace, the sick, and the departed. If you can’t attend church or your gathering, join your place of worship online.
The most important thing you can do is have faith in yourself to do the right thing. I’m a guitar teacher. I always tell my students the day you’ll know you love to play is when practice becomes less like work and something you look forward to do. You have to want to stay healthy, and get better. Nobody can force you.
My next blog I will continue to share what I’ve learned about diabetes, and how it’s helped me and hopefully can help others.
Stay safe and healthy.