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When your stress level is sky-high or you’re coping with some bad news, what’s the quickest way to feel better? How about a girls’ night out? It’s no secret that spending time with friends has the ability to reduce stress and restore a good mood -- not to mention helps you live longer. Yet, it’s often the first thing we give up when life gets chaotic. Why is that? This week on the Stress and Women message boards, cl-dlandry1 asks, “When was the last time you had a girls’ night or girls’ day out?” It should come as no surprise that those who are married or parents have a harder time than single women scheduling girlfriend time.
“When I lived in Chicago before getting married, my friends and I got together all the time. Since moving to Alabama in 2003, I don't have friends like that. There's one couple we get together with, but nothing like "girlfriends" that would get together for a movie or dinner,” says cl-dlandry1.
Cmamyd makes time for her friends by having a girls’ day in -- with their kids. “I try to do something with friends at least once a month. This past week, I had a couple of girlfriends and their kids over for dinner and s'mores,” she says. It may not be the break from parental responsibilities that we all crave now and then, but it does allow her to stay connected.
How do you fit in time for friends? Talk about it on the Stress and Women board, or chime in below.
Living with Diabetes
Other conversations generating buzz this week involve another kind of struggle. As with many chronic conditions, managing diabetes requires constant vigilance. Complications can arise when people with the disease do not take their diagnosis or their doctor’s advice seriously. On the Diabetes message boards, trongal2010, who can’t get her significant other to look after his health, asks, when was your wake-up call? “
My wake-up call was when my doctor first told me, ‘You're diabetic.’ It was that immediate,” says debbidoeskeyboarding. Her mother, on the other hand, who is also diabetic, refuses to monitor the sugar or carbs in her diet, continues to skip breakfast and won’t quit smoking.
For dlandry1, her wakeup call came when she realized she was no longer in constant pain. “When I was diagnosed, my blood glucose was over 400. After working for a couple of months to get the numbers down under 200, I went to the store and was amazed at how good I felt. I used to get exhausted and had to hold onto a cart to make it through one aisle. But that day I felt great. I never want to go back to feeling like I did before,” she says.
What health issues do you struggle with -- and what keeps you motivated? Talk about it on the Diabetes message board.
Fitting in a Workout
On the Getting Fit in Your 30s Board, women look for advice on how to get to the gym in the mornings.
“I always thought of myself as a morning person, but lately I've been feeling pretty lazy. And I've never been great at morning workouts,” confesses cl-iv_miranda_d.
I am the same way. Even in college, I was always up at 7am, but I’ve never been able to manage working out before work. Truthfully, at that hour, I’d rather get my heart racing by drinking coffee. My brother, on the other hand, will go to bed at 8pm so he can fit his fitness routine in before leaving for work at 6am. I’m not sure whether I find that impressive or just plain crazy.
Fitness experts agree that working out in the morning is a surefire way to stick with a routine, because there are no other obligations (expect your snooze alarm) to keep you from working out. Since I realize I’ll never be a morning gym rat, I start my workday at 7:30am or 8am so I can get to the gym by 4pm -- before the evening rush, and before my friends are out of work to convince me to hang out with them instead.
How do you fit workouts into your day? Chime in below.