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. 48 Recognizing Depression 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 and friends. • Talking to a counselor or a close friend. Avoiding Burnout 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 avoiding burnout.
Living Well with Diabetes
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