Too much holiday hustle and bustle can be a prescription for stress, anxiety and even depression. Many people feel bad during what is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year.
All the holiday fun takes a lot of work. Shopping, baking, decorating, partying, traveling – the additional activities and needs take up time and money, putting pressure on already busy schedules and limited finances. People often eat more, drink more and sleep less. Sometimes, this season bring up feelings of loneliness, loss and grief. It can all be too much for our overloaded psyches.
Besides dampening the joy of the season, too much stress can affect our health. According to “Psychosomatic Medicine,” stress can produce secondary symptoms equivalent to complications from diabetes, hypertension or arthritis. Seventy percent of individuals who are stressed experience physical symptoms, lower productivity at work and disruptions in their family and social lives. Unfortunately, many physicians may misdiagnose the patient’s problem and prescribe medications for the symptoms, rather than recognizing the underlying problem. And of course, medications themselves can lead to unfortunate side effects.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area where bridge tolls sometimes are paid by strangers. One day as I drove up to the Golden Gate Bridge to pay my toll, the teller told me that the car in front of me paid my $6 bridge toll. This simple random act of kindness caught me by surprise. The person in front me did not assess if I could or could not pay my toll. They simply acted from their heart. Since then I started doing the same thing. I found myself paying other peoples bridge tolls and giving money to the homeless and children organizations when I felt moved to.
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Despite the problems and concerns I publicly write about regarding my diabetes life, I try to be a very positive minded person. Diabetes is complicated and frustrating, sometimes downright depressing. But having this disease has also taught me so many things that affect my perception of life and how it’s meant to be lived.
When it comes to the medical community, sometimes I feel alone in dealing with my diabetes. I feel like we are often left to be our own doctor and to figure things out by ourselves when blood sugars run high or low, or when illness strikes. It really upsets me. The nurse on the phone was giving me instructions for an upcoming surgery, and she told me that I should refrain from taking any insulin the morning of my scheduled surgery.
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