Diabetes and Emotions
Stress and Diabetes
Stress management is especially important if you have diabetes because stress can significantly affect your ability to control your disease. If you are under emotional stress, you may skip meals, stop exercising, or forget to take your medication. Stress by itself may increase hormones that make diabetes more difficult to control. Any one or all of these behaviors affect your blood sugar level. By learning to better cope with stress, you can help keep your diabetes under control. Here are some tips:
Keep a Positive Attitude
It is easy to see the bad in life. But thinking about the good can help you through tough times.
Be Kind to Yourself
Don't expect more of yourself than you are able to give.
Accept What You Cannot Change
Try reframing stressful situations. Ask yourself the following questions:
- "Will this be important two years from now?"
- "Do I have control over this situation?"
- "Can I change my situation?"
Talk to Someone
Don't keep everything bottled up inside. If you don't want to talk with a family member or close friend, there are counselors and clergy trained to provide support and insight.
The benefits of exercise in reducing stress are well-known. Exercise gives you a feeling of well-being and may relieve the symptoms of stress.
Take Time to relax
Practice deep muscle relaxation, deep abdominal breathing, meditation, guided imagery, or visualization. Ask your health care provider for information and available programs in stress management.
For more detail, see WebMD's article Stress and Diabetes.
Depression and Diabetes
Depression affects about 15% of people with diabetes. While depression is a problem if left untreated, depression can also have a negative impact on diabetes self-management and blood sugar control and cause other complications. If you are feeling depressed, call your health care provider. There are proven steps you can take to feel better.
Is diabetes making me depressed?
High or low blood sugar can make you feel tired or anxious and affect your sleep. These symptoms may mimic depression. Occasionally hormones may be out of balance and can be corrected. Talk with your health care provider about your symptoms and blood sugar levels.
Why are people with diabetes vulnerable to depression?
Depression is a complex disease that can result from a multitude of factors, including biology and emotional and environmental influences. It's normal to suffer from sadness every once and a while, but studies have shown that people with diabetes have a greater risk of developing depression than people without diabetes.
For people with diabetes, depression can develop as a result of the lifestyle adjustments they have to make to control their diabetes. Managing diabetes can be stressful and time consuming and the dietary restrictions can make life less enjoyable.