Managing your anxiety with reactive hypoglycemia

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Anxiety and reactive hypoglycemia – unfortunately – go hand in hand. In fact, anxiety is one of the main symptoms of anxiety because when your blood sugar drops or is dropping, it is preventing enough glucose from reaching the brain, which leads to anxiety.

So, if you have been struggling with reactive hypoglycemia and have also been feeling a lot more anxious of late, then this is no coincidence.

Apart from working to keep your blog sugar levels as even as possible, what else can you do help manage this newfound state of anxiety. Here are some things I do to help manage the associated anxiety. Self care and self love is a bit part of this, which yes requires more time, but now more than ever you need to take care of yourself with reactive hypoglycemia.

Yoga

Yoga is amazing for anxiety. There are some really great videos on YouTube for yoga for anxiety which I would highly recommend you check out.

Deep breathing

You can breathe your way out of almost anything. In the early days when my symptoms were really intense, I used to deep breathe until they went away. On the days when I still get them – although very mild now – I immediately switch to taking deep belly breathes. It really helps with that horrible feeling of anxiety starting to take hold. Here is a useful breathing exercise that helps calm panic attacks.

Meditation

I actually started meditating before I started experiencing reactive hypoglcyemia, but now it’s much more of a firm part of my life. The power of meditation for anxiety is phenomenal. One minute your brain can be doing cartwheels, and then after only three minutes of meditation, you will be totally reset and at ease. It’s life changing. Again there are some brilliant meditations on YouTube for you to take advantage of.

Alternative therapies

I have written before about how I have found alternative therapies to be amazing for reactive hypoglycemia, at least in my own experience. To help keep a handle on your reactive hypoglycemia induced anxiety, you can try a chamomile tincture. I have also found CBD oil to be hugely helpful, as has acupuncture. But remember, everyone is different and these may or may not work for other people.

Avoiding stress & not sweating the small stuff

When I developed reactive hypoglycemia, I realised I just couldn’t invest all that energy into sweating the small stuff anymore. When you’re walking a blood sugar tightrope on a daily basis, the last thing you need is to take on any stress. I learned to let things wash over my head, because I just simply didn’t have the energy or head space to deal with it. After all, most of the time, you’re not saving lives….apart from maybe your’re own.

Exercise

Exercise is not only an important part of managing life with reactive hypoglycemia, it is also helps to get rid of any nervous, anxious energy you make be harbouring. I try to exercise daily (more on that soon), and the days that I don’t I can tell the difference in my state of mind.

If you’re reading this I’m guessing you’ve been feeling the affects of reactive hypoglycemia induced anxiety. How do you try to manage it?

2 thoughts on “Managing your anxiety with reactive hypoglycemia

  1. How do you exercise? My hypoglycemia started 3 weeks ago and I have zero energy to get off the couch. Every time I do I feel slightly off balance and every time I try and exercise I get a low immediately after! All my labs are okay and I’m far from diabetic. I am just having the time of my life trying to get myself, a gym rat back in the gym since I developed this condition.

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    1. Hi Dave, thanks for this. I just answered a very similar question on another post I wrote. It’s so frustrating! I was also very fit before this happened. But exercise was so hard at the beginning! But there is hope…I can tell you I have no problem at all now. I would just say take things really slowly. At the beginning there was no way I would be able to do anything as strenuous as crossfit. I used to start with low impact for seniors I was so frail! And would have to eat before, during and after. I would just munch on low carb energy balls I made to make that happen.

      After months of doing this, things started getting better but I went really slowly. Doing gentle exercise for not too long. I slowly built up my strength, stamina and as my symptoms got less severe was able to do more. Eating something slow releasing during for me was the key. Now I’m able to do things like go for a run and do HIIT without eating during (just something small before and then after) which I thought would be lost to me forever. So take it easy, start slow, and build up very gently from scratch would be my advice. It may be a while before you can do what you used to be able to do but don’t lose hope – patience is key!

      Also if you have a time when you feel symptoms less maybe think about exercising then e.g. you may feel in a better state to exercise in the afternoon or early evening as opposed to the morning when people with RH seem to feel quite unstable. Hope this helps! Don’t give up hope.

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