Diabetes and mental health

Living with a ‘chronic condition’ and knowing that, for the foreseeable future it is not going anywhere is a lot to handle. No matter how positive you are as a person it is bound to get too much sometimes. Unfortunately, I am yet to find a way of avoiding becoming down sometimes but I can share what I have done in these situations to make me feel better.

I always feel down when I have had a tough day with my blood sugars. My blood sugars have probably been up and down all day and my emotions will have been out of control. In this situation, it is important to remember that it is okay to have a bad day and it is usually best to try to correct your blood sugars and go to bed and by the morning hope that they are back to “normal”, (obviously not if you’re hypo). Taking every day one day at a time and remembering that it will end is important.

I often find that my control gets worse when I hate my diabetes. During these times I often avoid it and just treat it like it’s an inconvenience. I find talking to people whether they have diabetes or not helps a lot. When I was a teenager my hospital organised diabetic weekends away which were amazing! I honestly think they changed my whole outlook on diabetes and life and I always wish they were organised for adults. I really recommend diabetic groups or holidays, they are amazing and make you realise you’re not alone! Sometimes using the diabetic card to get you free queue jumping at a theme park can help it seem not so bad occasionally too!

Published by SweetEnough

I am 22 years old and I have had Type 1 Diabetes for 11 years. I am passionate about living life to the full and want to invite others along the adventure.

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