If you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with it for a few years, you may often find yourself focusing on your physical body and taking care of it. However, dealing with, and managing, diabetes can be an emotional roller-coaster ride. Needing to handle the condition on a daily basis may feel like a daunting process and can often leave you feeling overwhelmed. Not seeing positive results can be frustrating and make you want to give up. These feelings are normal. Feeling these emotions is not wrong. Taking care of these emotional needs will help you manage your diabetes better.
Here are some thoughts that can help:
1. Accepting the News:
Learning that you have diabetes can lead to anger, sadness or confusion. These feelings are a lot more common than you think. It helps to understand the condition, accept it, and get support to deal with these emotions and thoughts so that you can live with the condition and manage it in the long-term. Being diagnosed with diabetes does not have to be the end of the world for you.
2. Getting Information:
Learning as much as you can about the condition can help you deal with it better. You will be able to anticipate problems, and come up with solutions for them. You never know what titbit of information can help you in achieving the desired results. Sometimes, the smallest changes can have a big impact.
3. Making a Plan:
A plan can make you feel in control. Start by setting tangible and specific goals for healthy eating, exercise, and monitoring blood glucose. Achieving these goals will make you feel good about yourself, and make the lifestyle change sustainable.
4. Dealing with Stress and Negative Emotions:
If your plan is not working or you are not seeing the desired results, you may feel frustrated and want to give up. Everyday work and family-related stress can further increase negative feelings and make managing diabetes difficult. Watch out for the signs and seek help.
Be kind to yourself. It is okay to modify your plans and set new goals. You can try relaxation techniques; meditation, maintaining a gratitude journal and hobbies that you enjoy.
5. Reaching Out for Help:
The onset of diabetes can make you do things like isolate yourself from others. However, you do not need to go through this struggle all by yourself. Reach out to family members, friends, loved ones or even a professional, and talk to them about what you are going though. They can help you stick to your plan and de-stress. You’d be amazed at how far you can go with a little help.