Diabetes can affect you physically and emotionally. Living with it every day can make you feel discouraged, stressed or even depressed. It is natural to have mixed feelings about your diabetes management and experience highs and lows. The important thing is to recognize these emotions as normal. Take steps to reduce the negative impact they could have on your selfcare.
The way you deal with your emotional lows is called “coping.” There are lots of ways to cope with the upsets in your life—and not all of them are good for your health (smoking, overeating, not finding time for activity, or avoiding people and social situations).
However, there are healthy coping methods that you can use to get you through tough times (faith-based activities, exercise, meditation, enjoyable hobbies, joining a support group).
Having a support network is key to healthy coping. Be sure to develop and nurture partnerships in your personal life with your spouse, loved ones and friends. Go to group educational sessions where you can meet and relate to other people going through the same experiences. Build healthy relationships—and remember that you’re not alone.
Sometimes, emotional lows can be lengthy and have a more serious impact on your life, health, and relationships. This can be a sign of depression.
Tell your diabetes educator if you:
- Don’t have interest or find pleasure in your activities.
- Avoid discussing your diabetes with family and friends.
- Sleep most of the day.
- Don’t see the benefit in taking care of yourself.
- Feel like diabetes is conquering you.
- Feel like you can’t take care of yourself
If you or your loved ones needs in-home care due to diabetes or other serious health conditions, call Queen City Elder Care at (513) 510-4410.