Some sources of stress are never going to go away, no matter what you do. Having diabetes is one of those. Still, there are ways to reduce the stresses of living with diabetes.
Some of us have created psychotherapy practices solely to help people living with diabetes.
Diabetes comes with great change and great loss. You lose your way of living, your lifestyle. The loss of one's past lifestyle would be less traumatic if it is addressed and processed out in psychotherapy. It is a very traumatic event in the beginning and the traumas continue while living with it. As time goes on, depression can set in. Whether it is because a person is struggling to manage the day-to-day tasks or a person is dealing with complication, it is best to get emotional help to adjust. Higher levels of anxiety, fear and guilt come along for the ride. In the here and now, diabetes management is like having a second job. If you have ever had 2 full-times jobs you probably can relate to some of the emotional stress and anxiety living with diabetes comes with.Fear sets in even if you have no complications, and for some people, those thoughts become a consistent part of everyday life. This causes problems with relationships and the individual's emotional well-being.Psychotherapists help facilitate growth and change in their clients. So clients with diabetes can find those answers and come to acceptance around living with chronic illness.
One of the interesting facts and most problematic is that most people have lived with diabetes for 5 to 15 years. During that time blood sugars rise and the symptoms of high blood sugars start impacting a person’s life long before diagnosis.The symptoms mirror the symptoms found in depression. High blood sugars trigger depression and depression causes poor motivation to control one's diabetes management, in turn causing higher blood sugar. This process is an endless cycle if left alone but support groups can help. Knowing other people in the same situation helps you feel less alone. Making friends in a support group can lighten the burden of diabetes-related stresses.
For some people with diabetes, controlling stress with relaxation therapy seems to help, though it is more likely to help people with type 2 diabetes than people with type 1 diabetes. This difference makes sense.
People with type 1 diabetes don't make insulin, so stress reduction doesn't have this effect. Some people with type 2 diabetes may also be more sensitive to some of the stress hormones. Relaxing can help by blunting this sensitivity.
Another way to relax your body is by moving it through a wide range of motion.Stress blocks the body from releasing insulin in people with type 2 diabetes, so cutting stress may be more helpful for these people.
Also,Going to a therapist can help you turn that around. Once you get your depression under control, your blood sugar should follow suit. It's not easy but it is a lot easier with someone to talk to without bias or judgment, and the therapist comes into play.
Another way to loosen up is through movement- circling, stretching, and shaking parts of your body. To make this exercise more fun, move with music.Replace bad thoughts with good ones.Each time you notice a bad thought, purposefully think of something that makes you happy or proud. Or memorize a poem, prayer, or quote and use it to replace a bad thought.Whatever method you choose to relax, practice it. Just as it takes weeks or months of practice to learn a new sport, it takes practice to learn relaxation.
Some sources of stress are never going to go away, no matter what you do. Having diabetes is one of those. Still, there are ways to reduce the stresses of living with diabetes. Some of us have created psychotherapy practices solely to help people living with diabetes. Diabetes comes with great change and great loss. You lose your way of living, your lifestyle. The loss of one's past lifestyle...