Monday, July 11, 2011

Do you have a Monday mantra?

Last week was a short week, which meant more work and less time to finish it. As the work kept piling on last Friday, I could feel the stress build...and even when I finally left for the day, my mind was racing with what I had to do for Monday.

It is really hard for me to relax, which seems weird because my overall attitude is laidback and I tend to easily go with the flow. BUT, I have always been prone to anxiety and I have always stressed out internally. So even though I appear calm, cool and collected when faced with various projects and deadlines, I internally stress out and my body feels every bit of it. And therefore, my blood sugar feels it.

Sometimes it's hard for me to do it, but I need those breaks...I need those reminders to relax and those self-checkpoints to make sure my shoulders are not tensing and I am actually breathing. Yes, when I stress or am anxious, I tend to tense and hold my breath and do other not-so-good-for-me things like not drink enough water or not look away from my computer, or move much for that matter.

So as I completed my work today, I was thinking about how I need a mantra for Monday (or any day really!) when I realize I am starting to stress out. My therapist actually recommended some kind of meditation workshop, which I should probably look into before I see her again so I don't seem like I'm slacking.

It's just crazy how much stress really IS a factor in your blood sugar levels. My blood sugar is normally so much better on the weekends because I'm much more active and usually there is nothing to stress about! I have actually witnessed my blood sugar dropping after work as I drive home.

OH and I FINALLY started logging my blood sugar #s, food intake and my boluses. Happy Monday to all!


  1. I am just like that!!! Even down to not looking away from my computer for hours until my body literally hurts!!! Hang in there!!

  2. Logging?!?! I don't get it... this logging.

  3. LOLOL@Lora! I totally am the same way when dealing with stress...I however am not diabetic so I can only imagine how hard that must be to manage the blood sugars on top of it all! I hope this week is smooth sailing for you and no stress! :o)

  4. I know just what you mean, I get stressed about being stressed!

    Hope you get those much needed (and deserved!) breaks and have steady numbers. Best of Luck! :)

  5. Yay!!! for logging. I am a pretty avid logger. I think b/c it is one of the few things I can control.

    AND...I don't know if I could slow down enough to meditate. My friend Cindy from Eaten Alive has been trying to sounds like torture.

  6. I know I'm commenting on an old post, but I've been catching up on your posts. I deal with the exact same problems. I'm still a student, but I get so stressed during some weeks that my levels are constantly elevated and then drop so much on the weekends... I wish there was a way I could get myself to quit being stressed (and therefore high).

    And I've recently started logging everything too within the past few weeks. It's been really helpful!