As a Type 2 diabetic, I have had many difficult days, and keep the Daily Affirmation below on my refrigerator to help me stay on track.
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Just for Today: A Daily Diabetes Affirmation
Just for today, I will seek the serenity to accept that my pancreas has grown tired and can’t keep up with many of the foods I ate in the past.
Just for today, I will summon the courage to make small, positive changes and to protect my pancreas and health with foods that do not cause me or my pancreas harm.
Just for today, I will search within myself for answers and the wisdom to know what I need at every level: body, mind and spirit, and I will make decisions that support my pancreas and lead me towards vibrant health.
Just for today, I will take a few moments to be grateful for my amazing pancreas, and I will enjoy my life, living it to the fullest knowing that some days will not be perfect.
Just for Today, I will be confident in the knowledge that one day at a time I can make lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime. I will remember the words of Sir William Osler, a physician who remarked over 100 years ago: “The way to live a long and happy life is to have a chronic disease and take care of it.”
Janet Sanders, Certified Health & Blood Sugar Coach
Founder, Blood Sugar Central
Type 2 Diabetic since 2001
Experts agree that there is a strong link between diabetes & depression. So, if you feel down at times, you are not alone.
The shock of a life-changing diagnosis, checking your blood glucose many times daily, the never ending management of diet and medications all take their toll, and can leave you feeling blue. In fact, 40 to 45 percent of people with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes will experience diabetes burnout in their lifetime.
It is important to know that there is a difference between clinical depression and "diabetes burnout" - sometime referred to as diabetes distress.
The hallmark of Diabetes Burnout or distress is a sense of frustration and low feelings associated with with the daily burdens of managing a chronic illness. For most people it is "situational", in that it arises from all of life's challenges that when combined with managing diabetes can make daily living seem overwhelming.
It is a double whammy because diabetes can worsen feelings of depression and depression makes it harder to take care of your depression.
If you find yourself feeling depressed, there are many things you can do to start feeling better.
First, make sure that you are dealing with diabetes burnout and not clinical depression. The best way to do this is to speak with your physician, a therapist or other medical professional. In some cases, your health professional may recommend an anti-depressant in addition to other steps that can include diet, exercise and therapy.
Second, get support to help you through these feelings. This can include working with a therapist, health coach or joining a support or community group. When you are feeling alone, it really helps to know that others are going through the same thing and to have people you can talk to about your situation.
Third, take small steps that are not overwhelming to improve your diet and keep blood sugars under control. Inaction often leads to feelings of helplessness, but moving forward, even in small ways, leads to feelings of well being and empowerment.