Living with diabetes is a struggle, to say the least. The high blood sugars, the insulin injections, finger pricks, sensor applications, pump site insertions, pump sites ripping out, hypos in the middle of the night...the list goes on and on.
Although we try to stay positive as much as possible, we can not deny that there are days where we feel that diabetes is kicking our ass! No matter what we do right, our blood sugars say "nope, not today. Today you will stay at 300", and that's that. When feeling down, it is important to turn to those you trust and reflect on your mindset in that moment. Try the following tips to boost your mood on a rough day:
1. Take it one day at a time
Remember that the best way to manage your diabetes is to take it one day at a time, and focus on what is in your power to change. If your blood sugar will not come down, don't panic. Try and keep your carbs low for the day, check often, and remember that it will not be the same case tomorrow.
2. Reach out to your diabuddies
Having diabetic friends is extremely important when you are diabetic. Even if your conversations have nothing to do with diabetes, having them there for support and care whenever you need is incredible. They are the best of friends because they understand exactly what you're going through, and they can offer you help whenever necessary. Especially when you are feeling down, reach out to a diabetic friend, and just chat with them about anything. I guarantee it will make you feel better.
3. Do an Online Search
There are so many websites out there that give council to diabetics for any issue they are facing. Communities are being built every single day, and advice is being given whenever a problem comes about. Reach out to us here at Spike, we are more than happy to accommodate you! No matter in what form, do not be scared to search. Instagram has a wide diabetes community where you can find inspiration and support for practically any situation you are dealing with.
4. Reach out to your Endocrinologist
Your endocrinologist has seen a lot- meaning they have seen diabetics break down and cry, and then stand up and praise themselves. Your endocrinologist will always have your best interest at heart, and they will offer great support if something is bothering you down the line. Sometimes, all you need is for someone to calm your fears and tell you it is all going to be O.K.
5. Change it up
If your diabetes is giving you anxiety and you are feeling incompetent, one of the best things you can do is change up your routine. Try taking your insulin a little earlier than usual before a meal. Change the way you eat. Prioritize your blood sugars and make sure to check more than usual throughout your day. Small changes will affect greatly the way you feel and the way you view your condition.
6. Find an outlet
When feeling like times are tough, a great way to relieve the stress is to put your energy into an outlet. Pick up a paint brush, or a pen to draw. Craft something with your hands, or go for a run. Whatever it may be that usually makes you feel better, put your energy into it, and remind yourself that you are capable of great things.
Remember that no one's management is perfect. It requires a lot of practice and patience to have tight control. So many different things affect your sugars that it is hard sometimes to keep them under control. And it happens to the best of us.
Using Spike App can significantly help with management, remembering injections, and reducing your high blood sugars.
And always know that you can reach out to us on Instagram or Facebook for guidance, support, or even a friend!