Every year, National Diabetes Week is held in July as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges of living with diabetes. This year, from July 12 to 18, the focus of National Diabetes Week is on mental health. Given the extraordinary circumstances we all find ourselves in, this is an apt, important and timely topic of conversation.
Diabetes is a complex condition, which requires ongoing commitment to daily self-management tasks. The demands can be tedious, exhausting, and often disruptive to the flow and enjoyment of everyday activities.
The demands of diabetes management are not just physical. People with diabetes are continually having to make calculations and decisions, maintain motivation, focus, and resilience in the face of setbacks. They must exercise continuing vigilance about their condition. They also need to be socially savvy, navigating social stigma and misconceptions about diabetes and its management
Given these demands and responsibilities, it’s not surprising that distress and anxiety is common among those with diabetes. Most people manage well, most of the time. They have developed coping strategies and take setbacks in their stride. But it’s natural for anyone living with diabetes to feel frustrated at times, fed up or worried. If you’re struggling, remember that support is availab We all do better when we have support.
Psychologists can support people with diabetes in many ways. They can assist people in making positive changes to their mood, well-being, self-confidence and other facets of life that are affected by diabetes. Here are some tips that can help you make the most out of your sessions with a psychologist:
If you would like tips for managing your emotional health as a person with diabetes, visit: www.ndss.com.au/resources. The NDSS leaflets can also be a useful conversation starter for discussing with a psychologist how diabetes is affecting you.
You can read more about when and why to access diabetes support from a psychologist here: https://www.ndss.com.au/about-diabetes/resources/find-a-resource/accessing-diabetes-support-from-psychologists-fact-sheet/
Finally, don’t forget to check out the National Diabetes Week 2020 website: https://www.itsabouttime.org.au/