By Juliana Ronn, First Mile Care, Director of Operations

Are you feeling disconnected from your normal activities? Do you have restless nights? Perhaps you obsessively “doomscroll” through Twitter before bedtime?

You’re far from being alone. Many of our usual habits have been uprooted by COVID-19. We are spending more time at home, and going out can often lead to worry about putting ourselves at risk. Feeling heightened anxiety and stress as a result of the pandemic has become many people’s normal state.

Chronic anxiety and stress can cause an overabundance of glucose in the bloodstream, as you probably know if you’re already following the First Mile Care Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). This in turn can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as explained in an earlier article on our blog.

You can bring down your anxiety levels through healthier coping strategies such as exercise and calming techniques like meditation and mindfulness.

First Mile Care DPP Coach Lizzie Nichols recently offered a short training in simple meditation and relaxation exercises as part of our “Diabetes Prevention in Action” webinar series. Lizzie is a licensed family therapist with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She is also a long-time practitioner of yoga and meditation.

Download the audio file and listen as Coach Lizzie demonstrates her meditation techniques while sitting in a chair or lying down. She guides you through short breathing and body exercises that will easily fit into a busy schedule.


To learn more about how you can benefit from the First Mile Care Diabetes Prevention Program, take our prediabetes risk test and get started today!