Today’s Diabetes Blog Week topic: Mantras and More:
Yesterday we opened up about how diabetes can bring us down. Today let’s share what gets us through a hard day. Or more specifically, a hard diabetes day. Is there something positive you tell yourself? Are there mantras that you fall back on to get you through? Is there something specific you do when your mood needs a boost? Maybe we’ve done that and we can help others do it too?
When I think of mantras, I think of exercise mantras. Training for a half-marathon, I needed mantras to get through long runs, like one more mile, don’t forget to smile or the body is stronger than the mind. I was trying to think of a diabetes mantra or what I do to get myself out of a bad diabetes day funk and I asked my husband how he thinks I deal with a bad day and he responded that I will get out my insulin pump and start pumping insulin to cover the extra carbs I’ll be eating to survive a bad day. I guess that’s true. If I’m having a bad day, I’ll drown my sorrows (with food but sometimes wine). This probably isn’t the most politically correct answer but life’s not always P.C.
To give a more politically correct answer, I will sometimes go for a run or go to the gym and do a cardio class or yoga if I’m having a bad day. Endorphins really do provide some happy juices to help survive a crummy day. Playing with my dog also helps to put a smile on my face. But I think the number one thing is just knowing that tomorrow is another day and I can try again tomorrow to be better, have a better diabetes day.