Diabetics have to go through a lot: monitoring blood sugar levels, administering insulin, organizing their meals, and remaining active. You might experience physical exhaustion, emotional exhaustion, and totally overwhelmed as a result.
Too much stress can hamper your mental health and might worsen your diabetes. To avoid this cycle, one should try to stay calm.
Having said that, we do know that it’s not an easy thing to stay calm. Especially if you are diagnosed with a disease that’s difficult to manage and hampers your day-to-day life, such as eating choices and other crucial lifestyle decisions.
Things That Might Affect You
It could begin with your diagnosis. You might start to question yourself. Anger is a necessary part of the process of accepting your diabetes life. While it may feel good and empowering, uncontrollable anger can be harmful to you and those around you, leading to depression and stress.
When you feel angry, try to relax and do the following:
Take a deep breath
Try to control yourself
Talk to someone, let it out
Take a walk
Stay Away From Denial
Everyone has that “not me,” “I don’t believe it,” or “there must be some mistake” feeling. However, you must accept your diagnosis and take action at some point. By continuing to deny it, you risk failing to take action to combat the disease and keep yourself healthy.
Recognizing how denial sounds in your head—and how it causes you to avoid critical care—is an important part of getting out of it. You may be in denial if you catch yourself saying or thinking any of the following phrases:
“A single bite won’t hurt.”
“This wound will heal on its own.”
“I’ll see a doctor later.”
“I don’t have the time.”
“My diabetes isn’t life-threatening.”
Accepting your disease is the key to further understanding your condition and taking charge of it.
Stress and Anxiety
When you are stressed, you may not take care of yourself as well as you should. Stress hormones cause blood sugar levels to rise and fall unpredictably, and stress from illness or injury can cause blood sugar levels to rise. Being stressed for an extended period of time can cause or exacerbate other health problems.
Anxiety is how your mind and body react to stress. It includes feelings of worry, fear, or being on edge. Diabetes patients are 20% more likely than non-diabetics to experience anxiety at some point in their lives. Managing a long-term condition like diabetes can be extremely stressful for some people.
Diabetes is difficult, but your health care team may understand your problem. And you might not be used to discussing your sadness or depression. However, if you are concerned about your mental health, contact your doctor right away. You are not alone; assistance is available!
You can opt for online doctor consultations if you don’t feel like going out and meeting the doctor in person. On BeatO App, you can book online medicines and lab tests.
However, stress can overtake due to many other factors as well. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to manage your day-to-day life or relationships. This is crucial to monitor because a stressed mind and body won’t be able to properly do other important things such as actively managing and controlling your diabetes.
If you feel you need special support, ask your diabetologist to refer you to a mental health expert. You can also reach out to your diabetes educator for time-to-time queries regarding your diet, and lifestyle changes. Join a diabetes support group. You are not alone. There are thousands of people out there like you who are struggling with stress as well as diabetes. You can get crucial insights and tips on how to manage diabetes and overall health by talking to them.