Make Time For Yourself Today!

Everyday I see clients who are stressed out.

More and more people are burdened with work, family and financial issues.  Often eating well, and on time, checking blood glucose and attending diabetes appointments are last on your list.

Here are my top 5 tips for making time for yourself.

1) Find out the best way for you to relax.
What do you like to do? Everyone is different. Personally I like reading, or walking on the beach. Focus on things that enrich your life.

2) Get an early night.
Sleep is vital to our well being. It recharges us physically, mentally and emotionally. You will feel better. Quit the late night TV and Internet surfing and get some early zzzz’s.

3) Make an appointment with yourself.
Our lives run on a schedule. We have to be at work, school and social meetings at certain times.  We make hair appointments and catch flights according to the time on the tickets. So why not schedule some time for yourself today. And stick to it!

4) Don’t feel guilty
We live in a world that is fast paced. We feel as though we have to be going non stop, especially if we need to look as though we are super productive. Sitting still and doing nothing goes against our instincts. There is no need to feel guilty. Relaxation is imperative for a balanced life.

5) Say no
Are you pulled in all directions? It’s okay to set boundaries. If you don’t set them who will? Recognize that you can’t do everything. Something has to give. Say no to and get back some precious time.

Manage your diabetes more effectively and take some time for yourself today!

Nurse Anita Cates

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The signs of stress

Stress takes a toll on the mind and the body. The following are some signs, both physical and mental, that it may be time for a personal break.

  •     Headaches
  •     Dizziness
  •     Sore neck or muscles
  •     Chest pain
  •     Physical or mental fatigue
  •     Irritability
  •     Feeling overwhelmed
  •     Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  •     Waking up too early
  •     A change in appetite, either eating too much or too little
  •     Difficulty concentrating
  •     Difficulty problem solving
  •     Finding it hard to think clearly

These symptoms may also signal other medical problems that could require the immediate attention of your health-care provider.
Taking the time today

There is no reason to wait until you are feeling burnt out to make time for yourself a priority. Building breaks into your days can help keep stress from mounting. Whether it is a busy day at the office, at home or in your life in general, take the time to step away from whatever you are doing and focus on yourself. Make it a part of your everyday schedule and don’t skip it—those breaks are just as important as any deadlines, homework, errands or other activities you have going on.