HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

On December 29th, someone told me that the way in which you end a year will determine how your new year will be. This T2D doesn’t believe a word of it! Nothing. Nada. I’ve had vertigo for two days along with an evil virus. That’s the way I ended 2017. Ugh. NO WAY will 2018 be like that for me — absolutely not!

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It’s 7:50 p.m. on Monday, January 1st, 2018. The vertigo and evil virus left this morning, as 2018 entered my life.

Thinking positively and looking forward to a WONDERFUL 2018!

Controlling my blood sugar is  #1  on my list of positive things focus on. Healthy eating choices, exercise, and meditation.

Bring it on 2018!!!

I’m ready for you.  🙂

 

To Sleep, Perchance to dream…

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Shakespeare said it in Hamlet, and that phrase always comes to mind when I CAN’T SLEEP! Yes, I’m screaming.

The importance of sleep is not new to me and I’m sure it’s not a surprise to you either. I’m acutely aware of the value of sleep for everyone, not just diabetics. But for the purpose of this blog which is, after all, for diabetics, I’ll focus on us — particularly those with Type 2.

Ive been sleep deprived most of my life.  I remember sleeping my brains out in my teen years but, once I was in the work force, sleep flew out the window.  Of course, while raising my kids, sleep wasn’t in my vocabulary too often either.

I’m jealous of Bill over at Simple Living Over 50 — he’s got this “sleep thing” down pat! I understand that lack of sleep effects my blood sugar negatively but I’VE TRIED EVERYTHING. At least I think I have. Here’s what I’ve been doing to get on the sleep train — pretty much, to no avail:

  1. NO electronics in the bedroom (per Arianna Huffington’s book, Thrive). If you haven’t listened to her TED Talk, give it a try — it’s excellent!
  2. Meditation. It does relax me so, if sleep were to drop by, I’d be ready. If you’re not “into” meditation, look on YouTube. For sure you’ll find some good examples. Do what works for you.
  3. Lavender pillow mist spray. Lavender is known to help calm feelings of stress and can aid in sleeping.
  4. Visualization — NO, I’m not counting sheep (this is not to say I’ve never tried it). When sleep alludes me, I visualize my body in a completely relaxed state. How do I do that — check out #5.
  5. Relaxation exercises are excellent — Relax your face, I tell myself. Relax your neck — and continue all the way down to your toes. It really is pretty amazing. I learned this while preparing for the birth of my firstborn. I used the Lamaze method of childbirth which taught me how to relax every inch of my body.
  6. Establish a sleep routine. Go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time, every day (NO MATTER WHAT!).

REPEAT 1-6 and there are many more. So, obviously, I know what to do to let sleep invade. Why am I still sleep deprived?

I asked my doctor about this issue. “I want to go to bed by 11 and get up by 7,” I told her, with obvious frustration in my voice. Her response was, “Why? This was not the first time I’ve broached the subject with her many times over the years. The difference now is that I’m retired. “As long as you’re getting ENOUGH sleep, that’s what matters.” Her point was that you’re not “sleep deprived,” if you’ve been in dreamland for enough time. It’s not about which hours in the day your sleeping. I’ve been working on this issue for years, but I’ve FINALLY come to the realization that she’s right! What difference does it make? In my mind I want the routine of getting up on the earlier side and going to bed before morning starts again.

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I’m a night person, and I always have been! But, I want to be a morning person, I yell at myself. I’ve looked at the advantages and disadvantages of my pattern of sleeping, and you know what? It really shouldn’t matter. The fact is, I come alive at 8 p.m. That’s when I’m “ready” to work, to think clearly. So, why fight it? So what if I don’t see the sunrise, hear the birds, listen to the quiet of the morning. On the other side, I observe every minute of the sunset, hear the quiet of the wildlife settling in for the night, and I’m awake and alert should vampires strike.  🙂  Seriously, I DO function better at night, so why not go with the flow.

Acceptance has finally seeped into my brain. I’m a NIGHT BEING; that’s just the way it is, has always been, and always will be. Do I still want to turn it around? Yes. Will I? Probably not. What I will do is, I will be careful to get ENOUGH sleep. I will no longer stress about the specific hours that I’m out cold.

Good night my friends!    ZZZzzzz      🙂

 

 

 

 

BURNOUT!

Diabetes Burnout?  I’ve never heard the term “burnout” used in connection to diabetes.  It makes sense though!

         Keep Walking!   Long Beach, NY

I read an article today by Catherine Price, a journalist who has diabetes and saw myself all over the page.  Maybe that’s my problem.  I hear myself complaining (in my own head, and sometimes to others) that I’m so sick of it, Why me? I just want a piece of cake, or pizza, or bread.  I don’t want to exercise. Waaa, waaa!  I actually bore myself with this whining and complaining.

Price has a good point.  She suggests treating diabetes burnout by removing “junk” (things we need to do) from other areas of our life.  By doing this, we’d make more “mental space” available to take care of the diabetes without feeling overwhelmed. I thought about it.

One of the worst self-inflicted stressors in my life is procrastination.  I can put off doing just about anything, paying my bills in a timely fashion, emptying the garbage, food shopping, gardening, all of which, shortens deadlines, adds more stressors AND fills up my head with “shoulds.” In other words, procrastination leads to negativity.  If I stopped procrastinating about even just ONE area of my life, and completed that task on time, I’d have less stress and more room to be able to do the “right thing in managing my diabetes” — thus, I wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed (which leads to neglect of my diabetes). Good idea!

Because diabetes requires constant management, it’s never-ending.  Of course there are times when we feel overwhelmed — I sure feel it — it’s exhausting, and sometimes I just don’t want to “play” anymore!  Feeling bad about it is okay every once in awhile.  I just know that I can’t wallow around in that pond anymore, no good will come from that.

Price says to “nurture yourself.”  She’s right, we all deserve it.  Take the time to do something that will make YOU feel good.  Schedule it into your calendar.  My choice is a massage, sheer heaven. But if you’re not comfortable with that, plan something shorter.  Take a walk, drive to the beach, breathe in that sea air.  30-minutes of self-care will reset your attitude.  You’ll feel better, more in control. By arranging/scheduling breathing space into your non-diabetic life, you’ll realize that not every second has to be focused on diabetes. 15 – 30 minutes spent meditating or practicing yoga is time well spent. Ahhh. Relief.  Sounds good, doesn’t it?  Maybe you’re ahead of the game and you’re already doing it.   If not, what have you got to lose.

I started chair yoga about 6 weeks ago.  Because of an arm injury, I’m unable to practice “regular” yoga, so I took this route.  It’s been wonderful — every Wednesday for one hour!

Catherine Price seems to have a good handle on diabetes burnout.  Click on diabetes burnout for the complete article.