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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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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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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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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Before experiencing life with a chronic illness you likely had less interaction with the healthcare system. You probably only saw a doctor for an occasional check-up or to get a prescription for an acute illness, like antibiotics for a bacterial infection. However, when you or someone you care for was diagnosed with diabetes, your relationship with the healthcare system likely changed quite suddenly and quite drastically; you went from seeing a physician as an occasional acquaintance to managing several long-term relationships throughout a whole healthcare team.
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In today’s society—where we are bombarded with images and messages about how to eat, take care of ourselves and look— it is not uncommon for people to feel dissatisfied with their body shape, size, or features. However, there is a point at which this ‘normative discontent’ can grow into unhealthy relationships with food, body image, and/or body weight.
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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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 Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW to provide you with ongoing support!
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.