August’s DSMA Blog Carnival prompt:
Diabetes is a condition that affects more than just our bodies, it influences our emotions as well. It can sometimes feel harder to cope with the emotional aspects of diabetes then the physical demands. With that in mind, we revisit the “Diabetes and Mental Health” chat from July 24th and ask:
What can a parent of a child with diabetes, or a person with diabetes, do to help reduce the emotional impact of caring for diabetes?
I think this is a great question for the DSMA Blog Carnival and I look forward to reading other people’s answers. I’m going to go with what a person with diabetes (because that’s me!) can do to help reduce the emotional impact of caring for diabetes. I feel like this is a fairly hard question to answer because I feel like everyday I am dealing with the emotional impact and I haven’t really found a way to reduce the impact diabetes makes on my life (see last Friday’s post). I’m going to answer this question with a bullet list of what I try to do to help reduce the emotional impact diabetes makes on my life but I struggle with this everyday as I’m sure most diabetics do.
- Don’t expect perfection-it’s nearly impossible to be perfect
- Don’t get too upset by a bad number, treat it and move on and hope that it will level out over a few hours
- Accept the fact that for the foreseeable future (next 5 years?) you will have to deal with this every minute, hour, day-it’s not an easy thing to accept but denial is way worse for your body and your life
- Realize it’s normal to feel diabetes burnout and accept that some days/weeks/months might be harder than others but treat the next day as a new chance to improve
- When you get down about having to carry so many supplies in your huge purse or suitcase with you, think how lucky you are that you can be allowed an extra piece of luggage at the airport (I did this last time I flew and it was so nice to be allowed an extra carryon bag).
- Join the Diabetes Online Community! If you are ever having a bad day, you can vent about it and people will help you feel better by sympathizing or empathizing with you.
- Start your own blog-hey it helps to sometimes just vent out to the blogosphere (again see last Friday’s post)
- Have a good support system-my hubby provides a lot of support when I need it, especially days that I am down about having diabetes
- And it always helps to have a furry creature, put a smile on your face 😛
This post is my August entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetescaf.org/2013/08/august-dsma-blog-carnival-3/