Exercise to Relieve Stress and Control Diabetes

We have been talking a lot about using food to control diabetes and possibly eliminate or cure type 2. There was also some talk about the role of exercise in helping to reduce those numbers. Continue to read as I give more attention to controlling diabetes with not just our diet, but also the added benefits of exercise in the fight against diabetes and to relieve stress.

In a recent article, I mentioned how stressed I became after the death of my son. I also shared how my blood glucose numbers rose to a record high as a result of the added stress. Amidst all of that, I started to exercise in order to relieve stress that had me feeling ill all the time.

Consequently, I can state that exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress and lower our blood sugar levels, taking us to normal readings. Of course, our diet should not be ignored, as we need to take a holistic approach to eliminate diabetes.

Deep Breathing Exercises to Relieve Stress

I mentioned researching and practicing deep breathing exercises as my first attempt to rid myself of that stress that felt like a concrete slab was on my chest. Firstly, we will take a look at deep breathing exercises to help in our journey to relieve stress and control diabetes.

Deep breathing exercise makes me feel calm and relaxed.  I also find that it leaves me feeling more focused and gives me the energy to command my day and not just leave it to chance. Above all, it was the abdominal breathing technique that was great in making me feel calm. Let us, therefore, proceed to the next section about the abdominal breathing technique.

Abdominal Breathing Technique

This one I did sitting down, with one hand on my chest and the other on my abdomen (belly). Here are the steps below:

  1. Sit
  2. Place one hand on your chest
  3. Place the other hand on your abdomen
  4. Take deep, slow breaths. Breathe in through the nose and then exhale slowly through your lips.
  5. Repeat anywhere between 5 to 10 times.

Wow! Do you feel how calming this was? I also love the fact that I could do this exercise anywhere, especially at work, where I spend most of the day. When I am typing for this website, I also stop a few times to do the abdominal breathing exercise. 

We will now look at another exercise to relieve stress and as a result help us to control diabetes. “Be Well at Work” calls this next exercise “Paced Breathing.”

Paced Breathing to Relieve Stress

This is when I take a deep breath for a few seconds and then breathe out for a little longer time. I also think of something very pleasant whilst I take those paced breaths. I do this for a minute or two, several times per day.

For me, this has been very effective to help me to relax and to focus on more pleasant times in my life, even those including my now-deceased son. I love the fact that once I get into this kind of breathing my thoughts for the rest of the day tend to be positive.

Similarly, I even imagine a more positive future, helping others, being in my best possible health, and making some good money to pay off my debts and help others that I interact with or simply crossed their path.

Please click this link and check out two other breathing activities; 1) 4-4-8 Breathing and 2) Simple Yoga Breathing. Go ahead and click here.

Until next time, exercise, eat right and say goodbye to diabetes.

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  1. // Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I had lost my father at the age of 14 and 2 months after that we lost our Grandmother that I was very close to. I know how hard it is to lose someone you love.

    Good for you for taking action and fighting back. I agree, exercise is a great way to relieve stress but as you said, it has to be balanced with the proper type of food to eat and not overindulge.

    I have been working out and eating healthy for my entire life because it makes life a whole lot more enjoyable to live. Getting involved in things is also a great way to have fun with people and keep that stress away.

    I don’t know much about diabetes but I understand there are many people that do suffer from it. I believe your advice is a blessing to those that are suffering from it and I hope they take your advice very seriously and follow it.

    God bless you and take care

    1. // Reply

      Thanks Richard, and I too am sorry about your losses, but you obviously kicked stress away from you and now you can bless others via your suggestions. I appreciate your sharing and all the best.

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