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Last month I was diagnosed with diabetes. I'm coping ok with that news, have already adapted my diet and upped the exercise I'm taking. So far so good.
But, my BP is raised, and although it's improved slightly, the biggest problem (I think) is that my anxiety levels are too high, and now I'm stressing about being stressed iykwim.
I have always been a stresshead, and my BP has often been borderline in the past, but apart from during pregnancy, it's never needed medication. Now I've been diagnosed with diabetes though, it is an issue that I need to address.
Depends what you are stressing about! If it's your illness, I find being as well- informed as I can helps me deal with fears. If it's day to day stuff, I find comfort in lists (my house is full of them!) If it's irrational stuff I go for funny books to take my mind off it- not sure if any of that helps at all!
Thanks Laurie. I am nurturing myself quite well. I'm eating very well, exercising regularly (over and above the recommended 5 x 30 mins) and resting regularly (best routine I've ever had, tbh).
It's the stressy temperament that I have a problem with - I stress over the silliest things, especially in relation to the DC. It's just my nature (and tend not to stress over big things, but get on with it iykwim).
I realise though, that I need to change that, and tbh that's what I'm struggling with, and then when I get stressed, stress about the effect it's having on my BP.
(I'm not ignoring your advice about ringing NHS Direct - I'm seeing the practice nurse regularly and everything's under control - I'm just looking for some relaxation ideas).
I'm not stressing about the diabetes, joolyjj - I've talked to people, read up on stuff, and made changes, etc, but I am stressing about the BP, which tends to make it worse...
I get really stressy about day-to-day stuff (in particular the boys tbh, although generally speaking they're not doing anything out of the ordinary, just with three it sometimes feels like a constant onslaught, iykwim).