Chapter 6: Maintaining Your Overall Health
Your Emotional Health
Managing your emotional health is just as important as managing your
physical health. You can’t change the fact that you have diabetes. But
you can choose to make your emotional health a priority. Think about
ways you can take care of your whole self, not just your diabetes. The tips
on these pages can help.
Many people feel sad or down when they first
hear that they have diabetes. Feelings like these
are normal. But frequent feelings of helplessness
or hopelessness are a symptom of depression.
Depression is a serious problem, but it can be
treated. If you feel overwhelmed, or if you are
having trouble sleeping or eating, talk to your
health care provider. Don’t wait!
Dealing With Stress
Everyone feels stressed at times. But for
people with diabetes, managing stress is
even more important. This is because stress
can increase or decrease blood glucose. So,
think about what causes stressful feelings.
Then, find ways to limit or avoid stressful
situations. To combat stress, try:
• Physical activity, a natural stress reliever.
• Making time to do things you enjoy, such
as hobbies or spending time with family
• Talking to a counselor or a close friend.
Living with a chronic condition takes focus
and concentration every day. You don’t get
“days off” from diabetes management.
This may leave you feeling tired or “burned
out.” Some days will be harder than others.
To help fight burnout, take care of yourself
as a whole person, not just a person with
diabetes. See the next page for tips on