6 WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE: TYPE 1 DIABETES

Good morning. I feel like recently whenever I talk about my diabetes it always seems to be in a negative way but I swear it isn’t always bad. I do have a LOT of good days, like mostly good days, but I just don’t seem to talk about them as much.

Anyways, so recently I have been trying to change my mindset whenever I’m having one of those ‘bad days’ because I will be honest, I am a wrap up in my blanket and watch Netflix all day types of people.

I HAVE NO SHAME. But this doesn’t necessarily make my day any better. Wallowing in my pit of diabetes despair does nothing. So, I have been trying to do things that make me feel a little HAPPIER AND POSITIVE when things do not go my way.


1. BE A LITTLE EASIER ON YOURSELF

This one can be difficult, we have a 24/7 job of looking after a condition that we didn’t ask for you know? So, why do I feel the need to be kinda perfect at it all the time you know? We have to think like a pancreas…but how do we know what a pancreas thinks about??? Be kind to yourself, you are doing a pretty good job already.

 

2. EXERCISE

Exercise is GOOD when I actually feel motivated to do some. For me, I go to the gym but any type of exercise is good. I always feel so good afterwards. Doing exercise also releases endorphins, which gives you the feel good factor1. ENDORPHINS BABY.

 

3. GO FOR A WALK

Now this is similar to exercising, but going for a walk forces me to leave the house. You go out and get some fresh air and it may help take your mind off any stresses that you have. There is nothing worse than staring at all four walls for hours. Also, walking can help drop those stubborn glucose levels…win win.

 

4. MEET FRIENDS OR FAMILY

Go and meet some friends or family, do whatever it is you love doing together. Going for coffee and cake is the one for me. Nothing better than seeing a loved one to rant away to or simply see to take your mind off things. Laughter is the best medicine *kinda*.

 

5. READ BLOGS/ LISTEN TO PODCASTS

This is actually something that I have only recently staring doing, but I enjoy doing so much. Especially podcasts, you can chuck one on when you’re getting ready in the morning and feel inspired. There are SO MANY diabetes related podcasts as well, there is something about listening to other people’s stories that can be rather reassuring (they make me feel less CRAZY and alone).

 

6. CELEBRATE THE LITTLE THINGS

This is probably the most important one for me, diabetes can be super hard and we all know it’s not just as easy as eating and injecting insulin. There are the finger pricks, injections, site changes, hypos, hypers, carb counting, doctors appointments, pharmacy trips and the list goes on and ON. So, always take a moment to appreciate the little things, however small they may be, because you do a darn good job!!

Thank you guys so much for reading, I hope even one of these tips helps you along the way. See you next time. Cally x

 

Published on 06th January 2020


 By Cally Roberts

I am 22 years old and have been a type one for 12 years. I am currently at University where I am training to become a Children’s Nurse, and one day I hope to become a specialist diabetes nurse and help and support others like myself.

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