Due to the spread of coronavirus, the quarantine has become a necessary part of our daily routines. Many people are looking for ways to pass the time while practising self-isolation. That’s why today I want to share what I’ve been thinking about in the times of coronavirus as a young adult with type 1 diabetes.
First of all, I am not a person who can stay at home for an extended period. But, in this hard period, I try to keep it together and get through this quarantine the best I can.
I’ve been working from home since 11-th of March 2020. During this period, my blood sugar levels are between 6 mmol/L and 10 mmol/L. It’s higher than I usually like. So, I’ve made some minor changes to my routine over the last few weeks to try to stabilize my blood sugar as much as possible.
Here’s what I am doing:
I check my blood sugar levels 5-6 times per day
I usually check it before and after my main meals and before and after the exercise.
I move around every hour
The consistent movement has not only helped manage my blood sugar level, but it’s also made my whole body feel better. Also, I do a big stretch and elongate all my muscles as much as I can.
Every day, I exercise for 30 minutes
Exercise is essential, but I think we often forget that moving throughout the day is vital for general well-being. That’s why every day, I do pilates exercise for 30 minutes. Pilates is a form of exercise that aims to develop flexibility, good posture, strength, and balance all at the same time.
Earth healthy food
My everyday meals contain healthy food from all food groups: vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, dairy—nonfat or low fat. Also, I can eat sweets too, but I need to eat smaller portions or enjoy them less often.
I hope that you are gentle with yourself if your blood sugars aren’t cooperating in the way they would under normal circumstances. I encourage you to try implementing one new habit that you think would be good for your physical and mental well-being. Last but not least, stay home, stay safe and up to date on the latest recommendations from the experts about COVID-19 and take care of yourself and your blood sugar level.