Stress? What’s someone who helps people reduce insulin resistance doing talking about stress for? I thought that you were all about reducing blood sugar levels Andrea.
Well yes. That’s true. However you might not know that stress is one of the things that contributes to insulin resistance. It’s not just about sugar.
I’m also a fully qualified and experienced hypnotherapist/stress manager so can recognise stress when I see it.
Oh – alright. So stress contributes towards insulin resistance and you know a bit about stress. What are you going to say? Any chance of some help?
Here are ten tips to help reduce stress. It is a tough ask at the moment and you may need to apply a few tips at once to get some relief but every little will help.
Ten Tips to Combat Stress
- 🌟If you are working from home do everything you can to create a gap between work life and home life. Can you clear the desk at the end of the day? Shut the door? Change clothes when you finish work?
- 🌟Make time to get out of the house or away from work during the day. Go for a walk? Go for a run? Exercise reduces stress levels and insulin resistance. Whatever you can do will help.
- 🌟Social interaction helps. It helps a lot. Can you have a socially distanced chat with a neighbour? Phone a friend? Phone a relative? Remember that they may be stressed as well and will welcome the thought that someone cares enough to pick up the phone.
- 🌟Listen to music. Stick it on and let the sounds carry your stress away.
- 🌟We often get stressed by situations we cannot control. If this is part of your stress (and it probably is!) have a look for things that you can control and want to do. It might be the washing up. How about a spot of gardening? Teach the cat a new trick? Every problem we face has three parts – the part we can control, the part we can control in co-operation with other people and the part we can’t control
- 🌟Take up a hobby. Model building. Knitting. Stamp collecting?
- 🌟Learn a new language. Prepare for visiting a far flung foreign country when this is all over.
- 🌟Reduce tension in your jaw. 6 times a day alternatively clench and loosen the muscles in your jaw. Only clench for a second.
- 🌟Try square breathing to help you relax. Breathe in to a count of 6. Hold for 6. Breath out for 6. Hold for 6 before repeating. When ready, try lengthening it to 7 and then 8. This gets more oxygen to your brain and may have the effect of making you feel a bit light headed. If this happens don’t worry.
- 🌟Finally – how about a spot of hydrotherapy? A nice smelly bath, possibly a candle or two. Utilise this to combat extreme stress.
As a final and very serious point
If you are struggling to cope, please call Samaritans for free on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email email@example.com or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch. Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them.