Diabetes burnout and depression are not new, by any means…but we’re finally starting to talk about it openly.
Let’s face it, being a diabetic is no picnic, and the lifestyle changes, testing, medications, etc., create emotional challenges that sometimes feel impossible to manage.
And, when it comes right down to it, you just want to feel “normal.” No labels, no stigmas…just normal.
These negative emotions that lead to Diabetes burnout and depression require some hand-holding and support, to maintain your emotional health, which we’ve been shown time and time again, has everything to do with our physical health.
Here are some thoughts and ideas to help you understand and avoid Diabetes burnout and depression.
How To Tell If You’re Depressed
Research has shown there could be a link between diabetes and depression.
Having Diabetes without the adequate support and disease management skills can lead to feelings of helplessness and frustration. If ignored, these feelings can lead to depression.
But, there’s a difference between depression and merely feeling sad.
Depression lasts longer than (occasional) sadness.
It reveals itself through feelings of:
- Worthlessness difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty making appropriate decisions
- Changes in sleep patterns or appetite
- A sudden lack of interest in hobbies or activity
Becoming aware of these signs and reaching out to family, friends and for professional help can help not just your emotional life, but the control of your Diabetes as well.
So What About Diabetes Burnout?
Once you’ve been diagnosed with Diabetes, you must continuously work to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
The demands/requirements are many:
- Finding and starting the right exercise type and schedule
- Buying the right nutritious foods
- Sticking to your medication/insulin schedules
And balancing all of that…Enter “Burnout.”
But, you can manage it, if you first recognize the truth in this statement:
Perfection is not the reality!
We, humans, are so darned hard on ourselves.
We get so frustrated when things or we are not perfect. But perfection and living without ever screwing up are not possible.
I’m not going to give you a “things will get better, cheer up” speech. Just remember this:
- As long as you’re taking your insulin and/or medications, doing your best to exercise daily, you’re on the right path.
But, that little phrase “your best” is where you get hung up.
Make your own definition, don’t go by any one’s opinion, unless it comes from your Doctor or a licensed professional.
Success follows actions. Make the best diet an exercise decisions you can at any given moment and recognize your progress.
Kick that “burnout” guy to the curb.
Everyone’s circumstances are different. If you are really failing at managing your Diabetes, meet with your doctor to make adjustments or changes in your treatment plan.
Simplify and find a plan B for obstacles standing in your way:
If you can’t afford the expense that comes with being healthy in today’s world, get creative.
- Buy some cheap hand weights
- Get a Video to workout with at home (ask me for recommendations)
- Take it outdoors. Walking is free, and surprisingly the best form of exercise, not just for weight loss, but from head to toe.
- See the articles under the “Fit For Life” category on this site.
Are you having to deal with negative feedback from some people?
Negative feedback is not always a bad thing…(although there definitely are some who have perfected the art in this world!).
Recognize that your friends and family want to help, they just may not know how. They can see the failures but have no idea how to help you, so they become “bitchy”.
Communicate: Tell them which comments or questions are helpful rather than critical and shaming to YOU.
Suggest ways they can better support your efforts.
If they’re not able or willing…find support elsewhere. Don’t stay where you’re not celebrated.
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Find support groups, you don’t even need to leave home.
Here are good places to start: