Emotional Burnout. Canadian Diabetes Association Webinar

Not sure about you, but I often roll my eyes when I read or hear about diabetes and mental health statistics.

Oh people with diabetes are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression? Wow.

If you’ve dealt with diabetes for more than a day, you would well know how difficult it can be to continually walk on the tight and often unbalanced rope we’ll call d-management.

 

A photo posted by Jess (@t1dactiveliving) on May 29, 2016 at 7:59am PDT

 

The main message that I took from the webinar was this: be kind to yourself.

I am so quick to judge myself with harsh words for not catching a low or a mini self-beatdown for trending high.

How can I be kind to myself? How does this work?

A photo posted by Jess (@t1dactiveliving) on Mar 22, 2016 at 8:07pm PDT

 

Here’s what I’ve been trying to do to keep my mental health afloat.

  • I go offline. I’ve really come to realize how detrimental being online all the time can be. A little shut down for some good ol’ fashion reading, a nice bubble bath or play time with pets goes a long way.
  • Dedicate self-care time. This sounds silly but I do make a to-do list of things to ensure that I get it done. Mine includes yoga, meditation, and 5 minutes of de-cluttering

If you have any ideas, let me know!

Sending you all a bit of kindness and of course, smooth bg’s.

J

 

 

 

 

When Silence Matters

 

Sometimes taking a step back is just as important as being present.

I’ve been having a really rough time. I’ve been exhausted. And just wondering how to continue on. I remember my life before all the health problems-and yet it feels like forever ago.

I know I have to. Because there are people who love me, and there’s a journey I need to take to get to a better place-so I can give back to the world too. But oh, my, this is tough.

It’s been an amazing experience to just go offline. To put the phone away and just be. To not distract myself and face pain head on.

One thing that has really helped me is humour. Watching standup shows and comedies.

Here is one of my favourites!

 

Hugs,

J