3 negative thoughts you might have after the diagnosis of diabetes and how to face them

Diabetes affects many aspects of your life.

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When diabetes is discovered for the first time, it can be hard to believe the news. You may think that this is your fault or you may feel angry, scared or sad. These feelings are normal, many people have. Give yourself time. Everyone is grappling with the discovery that they have diabetes at the time and in their own way.

It is difficult to make changes in your life, especially changes such as eating healthily, taking a new medication or starting to exercise.

It may be helpful to talk with other people with diabetes or with your diabetes care team or your counselor so you can learn how to manage diabetes in your life.

Diabetes is something you will get for the rest of your life, without holidays! It affects many things in your life, so it is normal to have different types of feelings about it. Here are some thoughts and feelings that many people have about diabetes.

Why I did not ask for diabetes.

Caring for your diabetes is a lot of work. It is normal to feel unfair, depressed, sad or insane.

Your feelings may change from one day to the next over time.
 Be honest with yourself about what you feel and find someone with whom you can talk about your feelings.

I feel good, so I can not have diabetes.

Because people may not feel any difference or have any symptoms, it is difficult for them to believe that they have diabetes or

 that they need treatment.
 Do not think that diabetes
is a serious problem.
Get used to the idea that you have a disease that differs from everyone. After a while, most people accept the diagnosis.
They hope they do not have diabetes, but they learn to live with it.
This makes it easy to take care of yourself.

I feel it's my fault.

People often think that diabetes is their fault. You did not do anything wrong. It's true that changes in lifestyle can help your diabetes, but that does not mean you've done it. Many people do not have a healthy lifestyle and never have diabetes. Diabetes is hereditary (works in captivity).

Instead of thinking about making a mistake, think about what you can do to make things better: eat healthy foods, stay active and take medications. You can stay healthy and take responsibility for your diabetes.

Dealing with diabetes

Learning how to take care of your diabetes will help you feel better every day. Remember that your feelings towards diabetes are normal. Many people can share the same feelings. Emotions come and go and change over time, and people can feel different or different emotions at the same time. Knowing that there will be ups and downs can be useful.

It is important to find a way to deal with your feelings. Your feelings can affect your behavior (how you behave) and your blood sugar level. When you feel upset or stressed, your body produces stress hormones that can increase blood glucose and hinder the control of diabetes. Stress can also increase the difficulty of thinking about taking care of yourself: you can eat too much or not, you can not exercise or you can forget to take your medicine.

Everyone deals with emotions in different ways. Finding what works for you is important.

Stress management

Keep a record of what makes you feel tense.
Write what made you feel that way and how you handled these feelings.
Use these notes to remember what made you feel better.
Stay away from stressful activities or events.
Say no when things become too much.
If you have to do these things, wait until you feel ready to deal with them.
Do not work hard or do many things.
Save time for yourself every day.

Take time for yourself

Move your body. Do things like walking,
 dancing or stretching to help you cope with stress
 and feel better. He smiled and laughed.
Laughter helps to get rid of negative emotions. Do things that you like, such as reading, talking or talking with friends. Try to relax. It can help you feel calm. For example, take a slow, deep breath.

Get support

Join a support group for people with diabetes, or ask friends and family to help you when you feel sad or frustrated.
Talking to someone can help.
Seek professional help Try talking to a counselor (such as a social worker or psychiatrist) who works with diabetics.
Your diabetes care team can help you find one.

Create your support system:  
Talk to other people and get support to help you manage your diabetes.
The people you are talking to are family and friends, they are your support system.
 If you do not have a support system, make a system.

Once you have created your support system, use it. Ask for help from people you can talk to!

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