Emotional roller coaster

By alesiafae Latest Reply 2012-03-26 16:14:50 -0500
Started 2012-03-24 18:00:56 -0500

I go up and down with my feelings. From self-pity to uphoria. I'm sure this is normal but how do you all level out your thoughts and emotions? How do you stay encouraged?

16 replies

GabbyPA 2012-03-26 09:38:53 -0500 Report

How do I stay encouraged? I come here.

I always have equated diabetes to a roller coaster ride in the amusement park of life. I scream, I laugh, I am scared and relieved to have lived to see another day. I think that knowing I am at least willing to ride with my eyes open and my hands in the air is a good step.

My mood swings come with glucose swings as well and the more stable I can keep my levels the less extreme I get. My husband is always happier when I am less moody.

I also keep a journal about my feelings. Venting there is much better than venting all over my family. They get it sometimes too, but it is better in my book. One thing I am doing it practicing the power of positive thinking. I am using a book called "You Can Heal Your Life" and it has a lot of cool tools I can use. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/13801-here-i-go-again-free-your-mind

wbodean 2012-03-25 22:53:51 -0500 Report

Question. Might be rather silly one. New to diabetes. When I fast overnight. Can I still drink water in the night when I wake up? Or will that mess up my b/c in the morning. I'm type two.

jayabee52 2012-03-26 00:01:52 -0500 Report

Wbodean, Here on DC (IMO) the only "silly" question is an HONEST question which is NOT ASKED! I did an extensive google search and could come up with no firm answer on your specific question. Generally speaking, it is a good thing to drink water when you have diabetes

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-25 18:01:20 -0500 Report

Hi Aelsiafae, I have to agree with James in that you could be bipolar. Mood swings is a sign of this disorder. Severe mood swings is never good.

I also to a point agree with Carol. Sometimes long term goals even if they are attainable can become tiresome. I remember helping my aunt after open heart surgery. Her doctor wanted her to walk but to work towards a goal. The end of the road where she lived. We started out for two days from the house to the end of the driveway and back. Each day was a little further until 3 weeks later we made it to the end of the road and back to her house.

You can set both short and long time goals. Short term goals give the mind and body break from the long term goal when you get tired of working on it.

Talk to your doctor about your mood swings and see what he/she has to say. Good luck to you.

Caroltoo 2012-03-24 23:01:46 -0500 Report

Select a more long term goal and work towards it. That will help to stabilize the ups and downs. Choose something positive and relaxing to do for yourself every day. Make a list of what you have accomplished (ate a high protein breakfast, skipped the donut when someone brought a box to work, had a salad with chicken for lunch, had a hot bubble bath before bed, listed to music, etc.) At the end of the day review your list and see how many good things you have done to take care of yourself.

I know this goes against the grain for those of us who were taught to put others first, but you can't take care of the others in your life until you take care of yourself. Doesn't have to short change anyone else, just means you have to have your batteries recharged before you can give in a healthy way.

Make your goals attainable: I want to increase my exercise from 0 to 5 days a week. I'll do this with a 5 month plan. Month 1, I'll walk at least 1 day a week; Month 2, I'll walk at least 2 days a week; … Month 5, I'll be walking 5 days a week and will be successful. You can always do more, but setting a minimum this way allows you to be successful. Success feels good and is energizing; so does exercising so your BGs are lower and more stable, your weight is coming down, and your waist line is getting smaller. Successes will keep you going!!!

wbodean 2012-03-24 22:07:46 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in feb. so it's all knew to me. When my numbers are good. I feel joy. When bad. I think I must have messed up on my diet. It seems it's all about the numbers. Somedays I just don't want to think about it. But I know it's there. I'm doing what I can. Going to a class in a week at a hosp. To learn more about eating I guess. Time will tell. Praying for you all. Please pray for me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-25 18:04:55 -0500 Report

I went through that and the panic when the numbers were high. Then I had a talk with myself and my doctor. Until you have good control of you blood sugars, you are going to have high and low numbers.

Worrying can cause stress and stress can bring the numbers up even if you are doing everything you should be doing. Go to the class and if possible find a diabetes health fair. They usually have pharmacist there who can also be a great help answering questions about your meds including over the counter medications. Good luck

alesiafae 2012-03-24 23:04:41 -0500 Report

I'm so with you! The word "diabetes" was spoken over me in Jan of this year. What a way to start 2012 right????!!! I don't really think I've allowed myself to go through the gamut of emotions it takes to get to acceptance so this is why I have this roller coaster going on. :) but yes please pray for me as I for you. "pray without ceasing"

alesiafae 2012-03-24 20:52:06 -0500 Report

Maybe euphoria was the wrong word to describe how I feel. I'm excited when my numbers are good but angry that I have to test all the time or that I have to watch everything that I put in my mouth. I'm usually very good at expressing myself but i believe I somehow misled you in that post. At any rate thanks for the reply. Also, wasn't looking for a diagnosis from anyone just sharing real emotions and wanted others to share if they have had some of the same real emotions.

jayabee52 2012-03-24 22:15:44 -0500 Report

Oh yes I have experienced simlar emothions. Perhaps I was misled by the word euphoria. Now once I have my Blood Glucose (BG) levels under good control I am quite confident and am at peace with myself. You may get there too, eventually, I pray

jayabee52 2012-03-24 20:35:56 -0500 Report

Is it normal Alesia? I don't mean to be disrespectful, but perhaps something else may be going on with you. Yes it could be rather normal, especially when first diagnosed, but I didn't have the euphoria. Just the depression and anger. I cannot diagnose you as I am not qualified, but I am wondering if you might have a mild form of Bi-Polar.

Speaking to your last question, I stay encouraged by seeing my progress in managing my diabetes. Coming here to DC frequently helps too!

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