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