Stress is running high these days. Busy and fast going day to day life and work is starting to show it side effects on the human body. The two major problems arising because of high stress in your system is blood pressure and diabetes. It is common knowledge that when you are under high levels of stress, your blood sugar level tends to run higher as well. It happens because the hormones that are produced under stress causes the blood sugar level in your system to rise preparing you for fight or flight.
Increased blood sugar level for long periods under persistent stress can have many negative short term as well as long term effects on your body. Short term side effects of high sugar in blood is that it will make you vulnerable to infection, electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, etc. Long term side effects of high sugar in blood damage to vital organs of the body such as eye diseases, blindness, diseases of the kidney, never diseases, need for amputation of one or more body parts, heart conditions (increased blood pressure, high cholesterol), etc.
People who are not suffering from diabetes can produce sufficient insulin in more amount to bring down their blood sugar level within the normal range at the time of stress. However, if a person is suffering from diabetes, he/she will have to take more diabetes medication to bring their blood sugar level around normal at such times. If you are a diabetic, it is recommended that you seek professional guidance and advice from your physician to understand how to manage your medication under stressful times and events. But how will you determine that your blood sugar level is high? Well, here are the early signs and symptoms of high blood sugar:
- Blurred vision
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Vaginal infections in women
Later you may show the enlisted signs and symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Fruity smelling breath
- Rapid breathing
As soon as you notice the symptoms of high blood sugar, it is advised that you get in touch with your physician. Also, if you have fever that lasts for more than 24 hours and/or vomiting or diarrhea for over 24 hours, you should contact your doctor immediately. Besides seeking the advice of your doctor to combat the rising blood sugar, you as need to manage the stress. Here are some tips that may help you in managing stress in your day to day life:
Exercise: The first thing you can do to counter stress is to introduce exercise in your daily routine. Exercise has many health benefits for your body as well as mind. A regular exercise regime will keep you in good shape and away from so many health problems. Also, when you exercise, a hormone known as endorphins is released and is known to have many positive effects on your body. This hormone makes you feel exhilarated, thereby keeping you in a healthy and happy state of mind. If you are not much of a gym-goer, you can still exercise by walking, dancing, swimming, doing yoga asans, etc.
Meditation: Meditation is also known to have incredible effects on your mind in countering stress levels. Thus, it is quite an easy and good way to manage stress in your daily life. Sit and relax, focus on all the goodness and happy memories in your life when you meditate. If nothing else, you can offer a mindful prayer. Meditation clears your mind, offering you new perspectives, develop compassion for self and ability to forgive others thereby clearing the pent up negative energy in your system that otherwise, with time, manifests in forms of physical stress.
Social support: Having a good social support system is another thing that can bring down your stress levels considerably. It is good to know that someone is out there to listen to what you have to say. Having a social support system means having people who you can trust and who validate you, your feelings and emotions. Thus, when you feel stressed, call a friend or go out with them. It will offer peace to your mind. You can also plan a break from your daily life by going out on a small trip with them. It will give you some time away from the stressor itself, too.