Having Diabetes Type 2 requires a change of lifestyle. I will be honest, giving up bad habits is hard. I am currently on medication, but still struggle with portion control, carb/sugar intake and managing stress. I was reading up on the effects stress and depression have with Diabetes - and there is a link. Stress hormones in your body can directly increase your blood glucose levels.
When you’re stressed, you may experience headaches (check!), muscle pain or tension (check!), sleeping too much or too little (check!), general feelings of illness (check!) and fatigue (check!). The feelings you get when you are stressed are; unmotivated, irritable, depressed, restless and anxious. How do I get out of this mental state? Well, I'm trying to focus on what I enjoy and what gives me peace of mind.
- Being around Animals makes me happy.
- Creating art makes me happy.
- Photography and hiking outdoors make me happy.
- Making and creating something tangible with my hands makes me happy.
I have some wonderful pets, let me introduce you...
They bring me such joy. All of them have the greatest personalities.... well except Blake sometimes (he can get mean) and the cat has her demon moments, but honestly what cat doesn't? I love them all. Spending time with them is my day to day therapy.
I do dream of the Hobby Farm Life. It is my life/retirement plan to own at least 3-5 acres of land, and have a large vegetable garden, a couple fruit or nut trees, free range chickens & ducks and geese (maybe turkeys.. we'll see) and of course Goats. I talk about this dream a lot to friends and family, and one of my good friends got me in touch with her neighbour.... who has goats! And this year she has 11 kids! I got invited up to spend some time there.... but that will be the next blog.
Till my next blog, if you find yourself stressed out and feeling miserable, remember what makes you happy, and what you enjoy doing. Who cares if it's not a profitable talent? Does is make you happy? Do you love to do it? Then just do it for the sake of yourself being happy. Do it for your mental health.
Thanks for checking in!
Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.