Does Diabetes get YOU DOWN??

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-04-28 11:21:32 -0500
Started 2011-04-12 18:05:15 -0500

Sometimes a long term challenge, like diabetes, just tires you out, leaving you overwhelmed, frusterated or sad. When this happens it is time to take action. Emotional and physical health are so closely connected that you can't afford to not figure out what's getting you down and how to pull yourself back up again.
1. Talk to your Dr/or diabetes educator-there's no reason to go it alone.
2. Get active with online support-ask questions.
3. Exercise whether you feel like it or not- this will lead to a significantly improved mood for you.
4. Can't figure out what's eating at you-you are irritable, feel sad, can't shake a feeling of gloom? STOP- Ask yourself are you Hungry, Angry, Lonesome, Tired? If it's been too long since you ate your last meal, your blood sugar might be low. If you are angry-find out why; Lonely-call a friend-Did you get enough sleep? Being overly tired can sure throw your mood.Check it out!!

5 replies

MarkieMarkie 2011-04-28 11:21:32 -0500 Report

Yes, being tired is one of my major things. When I get off work everyday at 4:00 pm. I feel like I'm going to die. It is very frustrating to me, as there are still 2 children that need to be taken care of and they simply do not understand "tired" at ages 7 and 2.

Looking for a supplemnt of some kind any recommendations?

grannymusiclover 2011-04-13 00:49:09 -0500 Report

When my blood sugar gets too low, I get irritable, shaky, sweaty, see spots, and feel as though I might pass out. Even when it hasn't got to that point, it's obvious that my emotions have turned upside down. I am bipolar and my main trigger of mood changes is lack of sleep. That'll do it every time. Does that happen to you guys who have not been diagnosed with a mood disorder? Things like blood sugar fluctuations, though, can have effects that are completely independent of the presence of a that type of formal diagnosis. I consider the acquisition of coping skills to be on the top of the to-do list. When major physical illness strikes, coping is a necessity. For me, coping skills are what make the difference between life and death—literally. It's taken years to reach where I feel I am now. When discouragement knocks at the door, I just open the door to see who's there, say, "hello, but no thanks", and close that door. He's not allowed to come in and visit. He CAN"T be, not anymore. A lot of dealing with issues can be answered with advance decision-making. Decide, in advance what you'll do in any given situation and then do it. Much easier.

Janice5208 2011-04-12 23:15:36 -0500 Report

thanks for the tips. I have been down lately,big time. So, I'm going to use these tips and see what happens thanks

GabbyPA 2011-04-12 21:42:17 -0500 Report

These are great tips and I have to say that the one that helps me the most is #3. If I exercise when I feel the least like doing it, I get the best feeling from it. I feel like I have truly done something for myself when I do that. It helps me find a better place to be mentally.

pkwillhoite 2011-04-12 18:44:15 -0500 Report

I just jposted that I was tired and frustrated… How in the world did you know??? I should have read your post first and maybe I wouldnt have did mine…

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