Cats really know how to relax. They are experts at it. Where do you think cat naps came from?
Did you ever expect to see that title here in the War On Diabetes blog? To tell you the truth, I didn’t expect to see it here, much less write about it. But learning to relax is incredibly important as you work to control the disease.
My daily schedule is set. Without boring you with the details I work, eat, exercise, relax, and then work on the blog and website. I could get more sleep if there were more hours in the day, but like you I am limited to the regulation 24 hours.
Go back and re-read that paragraph. Did you notice the word relax? It’s there. Heck, let me go back and underline it. There. See it now?
Yes, I schedule in time to relax, or it wouldn’t happen. And, it happens at the same point in my day – right after my walk and exercise. I use my walk time to decide on the blog topic of the day. I use the relax time to…well, relax.
How do I relax? I sit down and watch TV or read for 45 minutes – okay, maybe it’s 47 minutes. DVR’s are such a great gift, huh? The mind gets emptied. I am not thinking about Diabetes. I am just being. I am relaxing. Blood pressure is dropping. A cat might be nearby that needs some petting. But, that’s it. There’s not much that disturbs that time outside of maybe an earthquake – remember, I live in Southern California after all.
Do you know what happens when you relax? Your stress level decreases and as a result, your glucose level decreases. Yep. Lower stress means lower glucose (aka sugar) is in your blood. You are just breathing …existing…relaxing, and lowring glucose. Take a look at what those smart Canadians have written about stress relief and Diabetes. They even give you ideas on how to relax just in case you are out of practice.
One of the keys to controlling Diabetes is reducing stress. Stress is reduced when you relax. When stress is reduced, glucose levels are reduced. Cause and effect. Pretty simple.
Take a breath. You can win your War On Diabetes.
As always, thank you for reading.