Diabetes distress is when all your diabetes management responsibilities become a burden and cause a sense of defeat. The stress from checking your blood glucose, taking medications, hitting the gym, counting carbs, planning and cooking healthy meals can become so overwhelming that your health and well-being are affected.
When everything feels out of control, take a deep breath and consider following these 5 tips to help you manage your diabetes distress:
- Find out what is causing the distress: The accumulation of responsibilities may cause you to feel anxious and stressed, but often, you can determine what area in your diabetes management is causing you to feel that way. Talk with your healthcare provider about your emotions and walk them through your struggles. Additionally, you can take an assessment to help you identify what areas of your diabetes management are causing the most distress.
- Develop a plan: Talk to your friends, family and healthcare provider to come up with solutions to alleviate the stress caused by your diabetes management. Remember, you are not alone in this journey! Support and love are key ingredients for a healthy lifestyle.
- Talk about it: If your distress is not going away, find someone who understands your struggles. Talk to another person with diabetes or even consider joining a support group.
- Break your routine: Routines are beneficial but can often wear you out. If your daily tasks are causing you to feel unease, give yourself a break.
- Be patient and don’t be afraid to ask for help: Diabetes can be a very demanding condition and the emotional ups and downs can be a burden. If you feel distressed, observe your feelings towards yourself and others. With time and support, you will find a rhythm that works for you. It is important to be patient and not let your distress force you to quit or pay less attention to your diabetes management. If you find yourself in this position, ask for help!
Currently, there is no cure for diabetes but at Bandera Family Health Care Research we are committed to understanding and finding better management options and treatments for this difficult condition. Our physicians are currently seeking volunteers to participate in research studies for Type 2 Diabetes. Those that qualify may receive study-related care and medication at no cost, gain a better understanding of the condition, and may have access to possible new treatment options. Compensation may also be available for qualified participants. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, click the button below to learn more about our studies!