Emotional stress, as you surely know, can cause blood sugar levels to rise. Being involved in disasters of any kind is likely to bring a lot of anxiety. When high stress levels are combined with circumstances that force you to change your routine, you have a recipe for dangerously high blood sugar levels.
Managing Stress During Disasters
You should be aware of stress factors in your regular life if you have diabetes. These triggers are frequently manifested in the aftermath of a disaster. In the aftermath of a tragedy, for example, if you are prone to feeling stressed as a result of over-scheduling and taking on too many tasks, you may be inclined to sign up for too many volunteer activities. The first stage is to become conscious of your own habits. Then, by being aware of your stress triggers, you can prevent them.
Additionally, discover ways for reducing stress. In our youth, we all acquire a habit of self-talk. If you have a negative self-talk pattern, such as always expecting the worse, a calamity might amplify your negative self-talk, leading to increased stress levels. Learning more positive self-talk is a crucial part of any catastrophe preparation. Then, if you’re in the middle of a crisis, employ positive self-talk to keep your stress levels down.
During disasters, the ability to deal with conflict is crucial. Because of the confusion created by a tragedy, there will always be differing viewpoints on priorities, cleanup methods, obligations, and even who should be held responsible. The aftermath of a tragedy will almost surely be a cause of major conflict and stress if you’re prone to being either extremely aggressive or too passive when dealing with conflict. In times of conflict, learning to listen carefully and see things from the perspective of others are critical talents to have. Being willing to make concessions can also help to diffuse tense situations. Make sure you accept responsibility for your own errors and decisions.
Be Aware of Changing Physical Demands
A significant increase in physical activity is generally associated with the aftermath of a severe disaster. You may have to walk a lot more because the roads or your car have been ruined. Filling sandbags, clearing debris, or assisting with the delivery of goods to relatives and neighbors are all possibilities. You could be chopping firewood, constructing a shelter, or trying to recover treasures from your home.
As a diabetic, these variations in physical activity might create unexpected low blood sugar levels, especially if you’re on insulin. Make sure you pay attention to how you’re feeling and that you stop and take a break from time to time to check your blood sugar and, if necessary, eat something. Make certain you get enough rest. Sleep deprivation can impact your blood sugar levels and hinder you from assisting where it is needed. Aim to keep your meals and mealtimes as regular as possible so that your body can identify and utilize the nutrients effectively and provide you with the strength you require.
Notify Family and Friends of Your Needs
In the event of an emergency, it’s a good idea to make sure your family, friends, and coworkers are aware of your needs. Show your family where you keep your diabetic emergency supply kit and any other materials you could need in an emergency. Tell your friends and coworkers what you’ll need in an emergency and how they can aid you. If you are unable to call or return to your house in the event of an emergency, designate a meeting point for family and friends. This will help to ease some of the stress you may be experiencing.