Tools of mental HEALTH...

By Stuart1966 Latest Reply 2015-03-20 10:57:19 -0500
Started 2015-01-22 23:03:53 -0600

There are many, many schools of psychology, each with its favorite tool(s) and many different approaches for them..

Diabetes is a complex and incessant dis-ease. With regard to your diabetes, I am curious… what specific tools have you borrowed, and which have been obscenely effective for things particularly related to the diabetes ?

19 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-31 22:14:23 -0600 Report

Stuart, this is a great idea for a post. I see you are accumulating quite a list. Obscenely effective? That's great. You certainly have a way with words.

Tool is also a really good word. I think that regardless of our circumstances we all need some basic tools in place for taking care of ourselves emotionally. Life is full of bumps in the road, and we need to be prepared to take care of ourselves when we hit one.

Stuart1966 2015-02-16 20:30:54 -0600 Report

You are too kind.
Dont mind a "bump", its the bus eating holes that I dislike…

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-02-16 21:44:18 -0600 Report

Yes, those bus eating holes can do a number on your car. I guess we'll all be seeing our share of them once the snow and ice is cleared away. A sign of spring.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-24 02:38:46 -0600 Report

The things that are working for me are :
trusting in my faith in my God
educating myself on this "dis" ease
positive thinking
and a few other things.
Hope this is what you meant. Heidi

Stuart1966 2015-01-28 10:23:28 -0600 Report

Hello Lilleyheidi:
Thanks for taking part! This is in part what I was seeking, but, pleased folks wanted to play. Let me follow up, more carefully this time…

There are dozens of flavors of meditation? Do you practice a specific school or type of it?

GabbyPA 2015-01-23 22:38:45 -0600 Report

For me being proactive in my management and treatment. Even if it's not working the way I want, if I am at least doing something for myself it keeps me very happy. When I let that slip, it really messes with my head.

Stuart1966 2015-01-28 10:25:54 -0600 Report

Hello Gabby,
Thank you for taking part as well…
Pro-activity, ok… is that a particular technique of/from someplace?

GabbyPA 2015-01-28 10:55:10 -0600 Report

Just means I take an active part in my treatment. Some people just do what the doctor says or what an educator teaches. They don't do their own research, try new things, etc. When I do that, it keeps me sharp, keeps my mind active and helps me be more aware of my body and how it's acting. So I guess it's not an official technique, but it helps me stay focused on the task and helps keep depression at bay.

Stuart1966 2015-03-19 19:56:59 -0500 Report

How do you separate silly, from dopey, from excellent information in the self-education process?

There are some awfully ridiculous ideas out there. is a place I like to explore from time to time for the worst cases of smoke and mirrors

GabbyPA 2015-03-20 10:57:19 -0500 Report

Sometimes it's not easy to tell the difference. However, sometimes the most silly sounding things really help, so that is why I experiment a lot. If it comes with a sales pitch or a big price tag, I stay away for the most part. But I read a lot of books and get some fundamental ideas formed, then follow that format. Sometimes it doesn't work at all, for me. But I hear or see it works for others. That is why I look into things that way. Just because it doesn't work for me, doesn't mean it won't work for other people. We have to get past the "all or none" mentality. Embrace the individuality of who we are and how we work.

haoleboy 2015-01-23 11:25:44 -0600 Report

i now I'm a bit of a broken record on this but this is what has been working for me …

Don't worry about the past. Knowing how you got it ain't gonna fix it.
Focus on what you can do at this moment to make yourself as healthy as possible.
You are not alone. Reach out to others for help.
Become an expert. Learn as much as you can about your disease/condition.
Be forgiving. Start first by forgiving yourself.
Be loving. Start first by loving yourself.
Be patient. Take baby steps.
Meditate daily.


Stuart1966 2015-01-28 10:32:21 -0600 Report

Amused laughter… I know what RECORDS are brother! I like em old or broken, thanks for sharing yours!!!

A specific school or technique of meditation sire? Kabot-Zinn is the most recent with the mindfulness meditation technique(s). Unclear if they are aimed in the least at T1 though. Wonder what techniques will differ if aimed at the most invasive type (IMHO) of the disease???

How do you learn this self love? How do you learn forgiveness prey tell?

haoleboy 2015-01-28 12:41:49 -0600 Report

good point Stuart … perhaps I should use the phrase "buffering audio" (hmm … not quite the same) ;)
My meditation style is best described as Shikantaza, a Zen Buddhist technique that I like to describe as … sometimes I just sit and think, but mostly I just sit.
Jon Kabat-Zinn teaches the Buddhist principles of mindfulness and that meditation is closely related to Shikantaza.
I turned to this as a means of dealing with the after effects of my stroke and found it helped in dealing with diabetes as well.

Stuart1966 2015-01-28 22:05:44 -0600 Report

"shikata ga nai": the Japanese phrase implies something that must be endured, impossible hardship.
Did you have training in the Soto technique?

Tried to cull where Kabot-Zinn acquired their technique(s) in particular, but did not succeed. Never been able to grasp if their specific approach is geared toward T1 diabetes though? Unlikely but…

Type1Lou 2015-01-23 10:42:02 -0600 Report

Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance" comes to mind. I believe that it is up to me to manage my diabetes as well as I can by altering my diet, increasing my exercise level and tracking my BG's to help my medical team help me. Also, I want to continue to learn as much as I can about how to effectively manage this condition; even after 38+ years with diabetes, I don't know it all.

Stuart1966 2015-01-28 10:38:56 -0600 Report

Hello Type1Lou:

Thank you for your contribution as well!

I am hoping for techniques, specific techniques from psychology to explore, examine the mental pieces of my disease. I am hoping others have used very precise techniques they have learned/been taught for their diabetes condition(s).

I understand self-reliance, though had forgotten Emerson's. I shall have to find his words. Have you found specific techniques effective to help you with the mental pieces?

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-01-23 06:09:29 -0600 Report

As I am newly diagnosed I am still working on this part. I am not religious, so my path is very different from those of faith. I find strength in humanity.

My first step towards mental health in regards to my diabetes has been to first seek out information to feel informed and well armed to deal with my new reality and then to seek out people from which to gain understanding, support, assistance (and that is why I came here). My wife has been wonderful. I don't need for every conversation to be about my diabetes, I just find comfort in the company of others.

I am a motorcyclist, and I ride Triumphs. I had hoped when we moved here to Huntsville, Alabama that a riders group for Triumphs would exist. It does not. So I have decided to organize and kick off the riders group myself. This has been a great outlet for my mind. I find peace and purpose there. I am not suggesting everybody start a motorcycle club, but rather that each and every person should have some form of activity to angage in. I am also planning to join a Cricket League this summer.

The gym has also been a great tool for my mental health. My moods are very high while in the gym and afterwards. I jokingly tell my friends I find my inner peace in the squat rack. I would hope that everybody here finds some form of physical activity for both their mental and physical health.

I am interested to read everybody's input here!

Stuart1966 2015-01-28 10:43:23 -0600 Report

Thank you for your input, contributions as well. I TOO an looking forward to the PSYCHOLOGICAL tools & techniques others have learned, and effective in their challenges?

(Faith is not my path, it may work for others…)

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-23 04:01:16 -0600 Report

Hi Stuart
The tools of mental health I used to muddle myself through this most Disturbing disease was my Faith. I had nothing or no one to rely on so I turned to the one source that was always available to me. My Faith…
acceptance of this disease was hard enough, I just could not face it. I would cry for myself. Then through my faith and pure determination
I if ally got it. I hope this is somewhat what you were looking for.
It's the only tools I found useful. Hugs, VL