Are you tired of managing your diabetes symptoms? If you answered yes to this question, you're probably suffering from diabetes burnout. This is a term for what happens when you get sick and tired of diabetes and its treatment. It's an understandable state to be in - managing your diabetes can seem hard, and it can feel like a full-time job. Since having diabetes is not something you can change, sometimes you may want to ignore it entirely. Whether this means estimating how much insulin you need instead of checking your blood sugar to get the right amount or indulging yourself in your favorite foods no matter how they impact you, diabetes burnout is dangerous. Partially or fully failing to manage your diabetes has serious consequences. Good blood sugar control is your best defense against diabetes complications, and burnout can put you at risk.
If you have diabetes burnout, here’s how you can start to tackle it and get back on track.
Acknowledge the burnout
Admitting to yourself that you're tired of your diabetes may be hard for you. There are many manifestations of diabetes burnout, though - it doesn't always mean giving up on your diabetes care entirely. Burnout can start slow and even stay that way. Chances are you’re doing most of the right things most of the time to take care of your diabetes even if you’re feeling burnt out as you do so.
There is no reason to be ashamed of feeling burnt out by diabetes. It is a challenging condition, and managing it takes constant attention and action. You are entitled to your own feelings, and if those emotions include burnout, that is understandable. The best thing you can do for yourself is realize you feel burnt out and accept that.
Remember what's important
When you have come to terms with feeling burnt out, it's time to think about what really matters to you in your life. What are your goals and values? Whether you are proud of yourself for being a great parent or you spend hours perfecting your garden, there's something that matters deeply to you. Focus on that and think about how diabetes impacts what you care about. You can try to think of diabetes management as a way to reach your goals and feel better while you do what is important to you.
Understanding your own priorities can also help you trim down your commitments. If you're burnt out, you're probably also stressed, so getting a few things off your plate can be a lifesaver. Try to see what you're doing now that isn't essential and that you aren't passionate about. Is there a way to take a break or drop those activities entirely? Some extra time to be kind to yourself and do what you love could make all the difference.
If you just can't seem to get through burnout, it's time to reach out. Talk to other people with diabetes for support, whether online or in person, and make an appointment with your doctor to discuss what your next steps should be.