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Overcoming Fatigue and Enhancing Brain Health: Simple Stress Relief Techniques for Diabetics

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As a Doctor of Holistic Medicine dedicated to helping people live a quality life despite having diabetes, I always emphasize the importance of whole-body wellness. One significant challenge that can impact your overall well-being and cognitive function is fatigue. Particularly for those living with diabetes, fatigue not only affects day-to-day activities, it also increases the risk of cognitive decline, including conditions like Alzheimer's disease. 

Today, I'll explain how managing fatigue through stress-relief techniques like using a stress ball can enhance brain health and provide you with a step-by-step guide on using this simple tool effectively.

Why Fatigue Matters in Brain Health

Fatigue can lead to several complications, including increasing your risk of Alzheimer's disease. It affects mental clarity, emotional stability, and physical health, making it harder to manage diabetes effectively. Chronic fatigue impacts cognitive processes, reducing your ability to think, solve problems, and remember. This cognitive burden can accelerate the progression of Alzheimer's.

The Role of Stress Relief in Managing Fatigue

Managing stress is key to combating fatigue. High stress levels contribute to poor sleep, hormonal imbalances, and increased inflammation—all factors that can worsen fatigue and hinder cognitive function. Using stress relief tools like stress balls helps reduce tension, which can directly decrease fatigue and indirectly protect your brain health.

How to Use a Stress Ball to Ward Off Fatigue

Choose the Right Stress Ball

Opt for a stress ball that fits comfortably in your hand. It should be firm enough to squeeze but soft enough not to cause strain. Stress balls come in various textures and levels of resistance, so find one that you enjoy using.

Regular Sessions

Integrate stress ball exercises into your daily routine. Aim for short sessions throughout the day, especially during periods of high stress or when you begin to feel fatigued. Even a few minutes can make a significant difference.

Proper Technique

  • Hold the stress ball in one hand.
  • Squeeze the ball slowly and hold for a few seconds.
  • Release the grip gradually.
  • Repeat this process 10-15 times with each hand.
  • Do this exercise 2-3 times a day, or whenever you feel your stress levels rising.

Mindful Breathing

Combine the use of the stress ball with deep, mindful breathing. As you squeeze the ball, inhale slowly through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and exhale through your mouth as you release the grip. This technique enhances the stress-relieving benefits and helps refocus your mind, reducing mental fatigue.

Keep It Accessible

Keep your stress ball in a place where you can easily reach it, such as your desk, by your bedside, or in your living area. Regular use is key to gaining the benefits.

Integrating simple tools like stress balls into your daily routine can help ward off fatigue by lowering stress levels, thus supporting both your mental and physical health. By taking small steps like this holistic self-care practice can lead to significant improvements in your overall well-being and blood sugar levels.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Ac., C.H., RDH
Dr. Holistic Studies, Dr. Acupuncture
Diabetes Wellness Strategist & Coach
Creator & CEO of Holistic Diabetes Solutions
8 X International Best-Selling Author

As a woman living with diabetes for over 30 years, Dr. Cheryl understands the journey firsthand. When she was diagnosed, she received the same outdated advice her grandmother was given for over four decades, who relied primarily on medication, suffered from deteriorating health and eventually lost her life to diabetes. Fueled by this experience, Dr. Cheryl was compelled to seek a better way. Through countless research studies and trials, she developed the winning holistic approach: the Diabetes Success System which merges traditional wisdom with today’s best holistic self-care practices.  It has revolutionized diabetes management by providing a trusted way to maintain consistent and predictable healthy blood sugar levels.  Join the thousands of people worldwide who have been empowered by Dr. Cheryl's approach and start living your healthiest life.

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PROFESSIONAL DISCLAIMER

The material and content contained in this platform is for overall general diabetes health and education information only. It is not intended to constitute medical advice or to be a substitution for professional medical recommendations, diagnosis or treatment. All specific medical questions or changes you make to your medication and/or lifestyle should be discussed and addressed with your primary healthcare provider. Having the right mindset, doing the right movements at the right times of day, and eating foods that help keep blood sugar, insulin, and inflammation manageable can dramatically reduce your risk of the all-too-common complications of Diabetes, increase your energy levels and have you feeling your best every day.

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