So I know a lot about my own levels of anxiety and stress for a couple reasons: I'm in the Psychology Field and more important, I've had difficulties dealing with both in my life. Happily, since I got older, I have put this knowledge to good use and both have much less of both in my life, and know how to deal with it very well when I do so I cut it off at the pass so to speak!
So it's been surprising to me that this pattern, of less anxiety and stress reactions as I've gotten older seems to have changed and I think it has a lot to do with managing Type 1. Ironically, I don't find dealing with Type 1 in and of itself particularly stressful: I pretty much guessed I had diabetes when I asked for the original blood glucose test and then I again figured out on my own I was Type 1, rather than Type 2. I pretty much manage it day to day, do my best, and don't really get to concerned about the ups and downs of it all.
But somehow spending all that time managing Type 1 takes its toll even if it doesn't feel stressful. I equate it to the studies they did on people who lived in very noisy urban environments who basically don't notice the noise anymore but it still takes its toll. Type 1 takes up a lot of space in my life and so I think it doesn't leave much room for anything else stressful. So the end result is when I have even a relatively small stressor pop up I recognize its impact on me as similar to what I had at a much younger age. My frustration tolerance has gone down and I think all the time I spend dealing with Type 1 is responsible. Anyone else relate?