Thursday, January 22, 2009
My Managing Diabetes team were discussing how emotions affect our numbers and I got to thinking. As I wrote my reply, I realized it was applicable to a lot of emotional choices we make, like emotional eating or kicking ourselves when we goof up... and I wanted to record it here as a message to myself, as well as offering it up as food for future discussion... The reply is, in part, below.
'... get some training in relaxation techniques or learn to exercise when you are upset, because those numbers are NOT acceptable in terms of your length and quality of life~ and it sounds to me like you are already aware of this and just need to do something about it.
'Thinking about it, I guess emotions are part of what makes us human, and there are always going to be circumstances that upset the balance~ assuming you have balance in the first place. LOL
'It's good to have a loving and compassionate heart, and at times anger or hurt is an appropriate response, but letting those emotions control and destroy our health?
'And that IS something we are each in charge of. I recognize that I am the one writing the story of my life. If I choose to let emotions take life away from me, what kind of ending is that story going to have?
'Not one I want to live! And I do want to live. Fully, no holds barred, experience it all~ and I have had my share of grief and an abundance of joy and laughter~ but I want to experience them in the moment they occur. I don't want to wallow in the emotions for too long. That takes too much time away from the whatever comes next! LOL
'Have the emotion and let it go. Move on. Get your balance back, live your life. Your family want you around a long time, and when you don't take care of yourself you are robbing them~ and yourself~ of this special time together... '