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Your Diabestie Episode 6 | Your Diabestie helps you reduce holiday stress.

Welcome back to the Your Diabestie Podcast – The podcast that ensures you never have to do diabetes alone.

I’m your host Mila Clarke. I’m a Diabetes Health and Wellness Coach living with Latent Autoimmune diabetes in Adults.

Today, I’m diving into a topic that can be a real challenge for those of us living with diabetes – navigating the holidays.

With all the delicious treats and festive feasts, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure about how to maintain our regular routines and manage our blood sugar levels.

But fear not, my friends, because I’m here to share with you the best tools and tips for successfully navigating the holidays with diabetes.

Challenges of Navigating the Holidays with Diabetes

As we approach the holiday season, it’s important to be aware of the challenges that people with diabetes may face. While this time of year is full of joy and celebration, there are also added stressors and temptations that can make managing blood sugar levels more difficult. Some common challenges include:

  1. Tempting Treats and Festive Feasts: During the holidays, there is often an abundance of delicious treats and festive feasts. These can be especially tempting for those with diabetes, as many of these foods are high in sugar and carbohydrates.
  2. Changing Routines: With holiday parties, family gatherings, and travel plans, our regular routines can quickly go out the window. This can make it challenging to stay on top of medication schedules, exercise routines, and meal planning.
  3. Stressful Situations: The holidays can also bring added stress, whether it’s from hosting family members or managing financial pressures. Stress can have a significant impact on blood sugar levels and make it harder to manage diabetes.

Top Tips for Navigating the Holidays with Diabetes

Diabetes isn’t just a physical condition; it can also take an emotional toll, particularly during the holiday season.

The many social events, the abundance of food and drinks, and the pressure to be merry can sometimes feel overwhelming. Y

ou might feel isolated, anxious about managing your blood sugar levels, or burdened by having to constantly explain your dietary needs to others.

It’s important to remember that it’s okay not to be okay, and you should never feel obligated to participate in every holiday event or indulge in every treat.

Achieving emotional balance is just as important as maintaining physical health. Here are some strategies to consider:

  1. Be open about your feelings: If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to share your feelings with a trusted friend or family member. It’s okay to ask for support when you need it.
  2. Practice self-care: Make sure you’re taking time for yourself amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. This could be setting aside time for a daily walk, reading a book, or even just taking a few minutes to breathe deeply and relax.
  3. Establish boundaries: You don’t have to say yes to every holiday invitation. It’s okay to prioritize your health and well-being and decline events if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Remember, you’re not alone in this. We’re in this together, and with the right planning and mindset, we can navigate the holidays successfully while managing diabetes. You’ve got this!

Grounding Yourself: Managing Stress and Blood Sugar Levels during the Holidays

Staying mindful and grounded amidst the holiday buzz is crucial for managing stress and, by extension, your blood sugar levels. Here are some practical ways to stay present during the holiday season:

  1. Meditation and Mindfulness: Regularly practicing mindfulness techniques or meditation can help reduce stress levels significantly. Just dedicating a few minutes each day to focus on your breath and observe your thoughts can make a significant difference.
  2. Stay Active: Physical activity, whether it’s a brisk walk, yoga, or a quick workout, is not just great for your overall health, but also plays a key role in managing blood sugar levels. It can also help clear your mind and reduce stress.
  3. Journaling: Writing down your feelings, thoughts, and experiences can be a therapeutic exercise. It can help you identify any stress triggers, keep track of your blood sugar levels, and create a mindful roadmap for yourself.
  4. Healthy Sleep Habits: Sleep has a substantial impact on stress and blood sugar levels. Prioritize a good night’s sleep, maintain regular sleep hours, and create a calming bedtime routine for better rest.
  5. Stay Hydrated and Eat Mindfully: Keep a check on your water intake, especially during holiday feasts. Make it a habit to savour each bite, taking the time to enjoy your food. This mindful eating can help prevent overeating and sudden spikes in blood sugar levels.

Prioritizing Your Wellbeing During the Holidays

Holidays are undoubtedly a time of joy, but the hectic schedule and stress can sometimes take a toll on your wellbeing.

Here are some techniques you can use to prioritize your wellbeing during these challenging times:

  1. Time Management: Plan your days and weeks in advance. Allocate specific time for your diabetes management routines, social events, and most importantly, self-care. An organized schedule can help reduce stress and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.
  2. Mindful Indulgence: Remember, it’s the holiday season and it’s okay to treat yourself. The key is to do it mindfully and in moderation. Enjoy your favorite holiday delicacies but balance your indulgences with nutritious meals.
  3. Digital Detox: In the digital age, constantly checking our phones and social media can add to our stress levels. Set aside a specific time each day, even if just for an hour, during which you stay away from all digital devices. Use this time to engage in activities that make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
  4. Gratitude Practice: Take a moment each day to reflect on what you are grateful for. This simple act can shift your perspective from stress to appreciation, giving you a positive outlook and enhancing your overall wellbeing.
  5. Reach Out: Don’t hesitate to reach out to your support network when feeling overwhelmed. Remember, it’s okay to seek help and lean on your loved ones during challenging times.

With these strategies at your disposal, you can conquer the holiday season without letting stress get the best of you. Remember, you’ve got this. We are all in this together, and you’re never alone.

About Mila

Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m earning my Master’s degree in Applied nutrition.

I’m a journalist and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach living with  LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, a slow-progressing form of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes) I love food, travel, and my kitchen, and teaching you about diabetes self-management.

I’m here to help you live your best life possible diabetes by showing you how to create simple, blood-sugar friendly and delicious meals and tips on diabetes self-care.

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