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Stress Management by WPLNG Board

By Megan Watts posted 27 days ago

On a recent trip to the beach, I realized how much stress I left behind. My thoughts went to people with diabetes and how much every-day stress can impact their blood glucose levels. As we head into the holidays, stress levels tend to increase. Now may be a great time to discuss stress management and techniques to decrease that stress.

Stress reliever techniques:
* Guided imagery - Use your imagination to picture a person, place or time that makes you feel relaxed, peaceful and happy.

* Meditation - Mental exercise that involves relaxation, focus and awareness.

* Progressive muscle relaxation - Tense a group of muscles as you breathe in and you relax them as you breathe out. Work on muscle groups in a certain order

* Positive self talk - Speak to yourself in a way that makes you feel good about yourself and everything going on in your life.

* Yoga - Group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines aimed at controlling and stilling your mind.

* Mindfulness - Brings one’s attention in the present moment without evaluation.

* Gratitude journaling - Making a commitment to writing down good things each day which will make you notice good things as they happen.

Stress can impact many aspects of a person’s health. Let’s help people take control of stress before it takes control of them!