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 relaxation techniques

Why It's
Important

If you’re like most people, stress can be a problem. Some kinds of stress are emotional. Others are physical. Fortunately, there are things you can do about handling stress better.

This section has information about different ways to handle challenging situations. You can also learn a few techniques that can help you reduce your stress and relax.

Learning
to Relax

Do you sometimes find it stressful to manage your type 2 diabetes? Checking your blood sugar levels, eating right, exercising, and taking your medicine as prescribed on a daily basis can be overwhelming. Find out what you can do to
help reduce your stress
levels now.

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Here are 6 ways to help reduce stress.

Feeling a little stressed out? Here are 6 tips that might just help reduce your
stress so you can relax more. Simply click on a number to get started.

  • Handling
    Challenges

    Aunt Betty is once again pushing her homemade cookies and won’t take “No” for an answer. Your crazy schedule is keeping
    you from eating right and
    getting the exercise you need. Challenges come and go. But there are ways to work through or manage them. Find out how.

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    Learn about strategies that can help you cope.

    It’s not always easy to stay on top of your type 2 diabetes plan. That’s why it’s so important to learn as much as you can about your condition and treatment. If
    you’re having difficulties managing challenges that come up, reach out to
    someone who understands the unique challenges you face. By communicating openly with your health care team, you may be able to learn healthier coping strategies. Where else can you go to build your knowledge? Your doctor, a
    diabetes nurse educator, a diabetes support group, or the American Diabetes Association are examples of some of the resources that may be available to you.

  • Handling
    Challenges

    Aunt Betty is once again pushing her homemade cookies and won’t take “No” for an answer. Your crazy schedule is keeping
    you from eating right and
    getting the exercise you need. Challenges come and go. But there are ways to work through or manage them. Find out how.

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    Anticipate your challenges.

    Think about the kinds of things that challenge you. Maybe it’s a situation that
    tempts you to make unhealthy food choices. Then write down some of the
    ways you might handle this. That way, when one of the problems you’ve
    identified crops up, you can test out your solution. If it works, great. If not,
    write down another solution and try again.

  • Handling
    Challenges

    Aunt Betty is once again pushing her homemade cookies and won’t take “No” for an answer. Your crazy schedule is keeping
    you from eating right and
    getting the exercise you need. Challenges come and go. But there are ways to work through or manage them. Find out how.

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    Tap into your support system.

    Need a little love and support? Reach out to your friends and family. Ask your
    health care team for their ideas and suggestions. By letting people know what
    you’re going through, you may not feel so alone. And if you still feel
    overwhelmed, your doctor may be able to refer you to a support group or
    therapist who can help.


 

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