49 Taking Time to Relax Thinking about your blood glucose all the time can make you feel stressed or depressed. To fight stress, take time out every day to relax your body and clear your mind. Relaxation techniques include the following: • Yoga, tai chi, meditation, and prayer— all ways to relax the mind and body • Deep breathing to release physical tension • Visualization (picturing a relaxing scene in your mind) to recharge your mental batteries. Get a Good Night’s Sleep Getting plenty of good-quality sleep (not too little or too much) is important to help keep blood glucose under control. Talk with your health care provider about how much sleep is right for you. Setting Priorities To keep from feeling overwhelmed, set your priorities. Focus on doing the things that are the most important. Make decisions about what needs to be done and when. Ask yourself: “Do I really need to do this today?” If the answer is no, don’t worry about it! Don’t forget to ask those close to you for help. Also, look for ways to do tasks with less effort.
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