A Little Self-Compassion Can Go a Long Way in Helping You Deal with Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on Aug 13, 2018 10:00:18 AM

Diabetes can present as an incredible burden on those who live with it. There is a lot of social stigma felt by people with diabetes and those who care for them, which can lead to feelings of difference, isolation, and personal failure. The daily regiment of management is demanding and can be overwhelming. And the ups and downs of blood glucose levels can be exhausting and traumatic. All of these factors combined often lead people with diabetes to judge themselves harshly.

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Tags: mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, life with diabetes, type1 diabetes, diabetes control, managing diabetes, mindfulness, diabetes meditation

When Worry Comes to Visit: Understanding and Managing Anxiety Related to Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on Jul 24, 2018 9:03:59 AM

Those that live with diabetes, either themselves or have a loved one with the condition, know why worry can go hand in hand with having diabetes. Managing diabetes is something that seems to be on our minds all the time, even when not in the forefront of our thoughts. There are so many factors that can affect blood glucose levels that, even when you seem to have everything under control, levels can change quickly and drastically. And these ups and downs are not inconsequential—they interact with every area of our lives and sometimes in quite detrimental ways. This combination of unpredictability and the potential severity of consequences lays a ripe breeding ground for worries to grow.

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Tags: diabetes, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, type1 diabetes, diabetes control, managing diabetes, mindfulness, diabetes meditation, reducing stress

What Does ‘Self-Care’ Mean in the Context of Diabetes?

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on Jul 9, 2018 1:43:34 PM

The term ‘self-care’ has become a somewhat of a buzzword these days. There are plenty of articles, memes, and graphics describing simple steps you can take for yourself to find a break from your hectic daily schedule—take a bubble bath, enjoy a piece of chocolate, create a daily gratitude journal. All of those things are nice, and potentially helpful, but they talk about self-care in terms that don’t take into account the reality of living with a chronic illness.

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Tags: diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, life with diabetes, diabetes community, children with diabetes, type1 diabetes, mindfulness

Mindfulness and Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on Jun 25, 2018 10:42:09 AM

Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully focusing one’s awareness on the present moment without judgement. It can help you manage pain, lower stress, connect to those around you, and focus your mind—all of which can help you in managing your diabetes.

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Tags: Type 2 Diabetes, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, life with diabetes, type1 diabetes, mindfulness, diabetes meditation

What you need to know when looking for a therapist

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on May 18, 2018 9:50:10 AM

Searching for someone to help support you through your difficulties with diabetes or other challenges can be a daunting task. There are many mental health providers out there, each with different perspectives, ways of working and experience. This quick guide will provide you with some key steps to help you get started in looking for a therapist.

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Tags: diabetes, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, finding a therapist

Diabetes is easier when shared

Posted by Barb Wagstaff, Son T1 '00, pumper '03 on Apr 20, 2018 12:55:51 PM

Everyone here at insulinpumps.ca has a personal connection to diabetes.  We understand the importance of having people who "get it" in your life. It helps to be able to talk to other people who understand what life with diabetes is really like. It can make diabetes feel lighter.  That's why we are partnering with Virtue BajurnyBSW, MSW, RSW to provide you with ongoing support! 

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care

Exploring the emotional side of diabetes care

Posted by Barb Wagstaff, Son T1 '00, pumper '03 on Apr 5, 2018 3:23:16 PM

You need to clear your calendar April 19th! Block out 7pm EDT as super important just for YOU! 

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Tags: diabetes, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, free diabetes counselling, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care

Diabetes and Anxiety: You're Not Alone

Posted by Emily Dentinger,Type 1 '98, Pumper '08, CGM '15 on Mar 26, 2018 8:34:31 AM

Diabetes is not an easy disease to deal with.  Most Diabetics look calm, cool, and collected on the outside, but on the inside, there can be constant worry about going too high or too low, and all the factors that can negatively affect this.  It isn't hard to figure out how all of this can lead to anxiety.   After all, we are picking up the slack of an internal organ!  We are our pancreas!  That isn't a small feat.  However since we are human as well, we aren't by any means perfect.  Things won't always go the way we want.  Anxiety can feel like it is taking over your life, however there is a way to get back to yourself.  Here are 4 things to remember if your Diabetes is causing you anxiety.

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout