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Putting the Brakes on Diabetes Burnout

Do you or someone you love live with diabetes?

Experiencing burnout is not about being weak or being a ‘bad’ person. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Diabetes burnout can happen to any person with diabetes at any time, in particular after a period of high voltage stress, ill health or difficult diabetes control. Or it can have no obvious triggers apart from being worn down by years of self-management. What is common to all cases of diabetes burnout is that it can lead you into rough seas with no promise of calmer waters on the horizon. This is different to the experience of depression but can sometimes be related to, happen alongside, or even lead to, depression.

If you find yourself facing burnout, it is critical that you spot the warning signs and take steps to prevent yourself sliding all the way down that emotional slippery dip.

I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1979 and spoken to literally thousands of people with diabetes since starting an online diabetes counselling service in 2001 - I can tell you that many of us experience ups and downs, stress, anxiety, worry and burn out. Some of us even experience depression. I have experienced all of it. 

I also know that you can have a magnificent life, despite diabetes. Having plans in place, insight into your diabetes, great support from health care professionals, loved ones and other people with diabetes, all help. Diabetes burn out can not be defined, or put into a box - we are all different and how you experience it, what triggers it or leads to it, how you manage it and how long or often you experience it, will be different to me, or your friend, or the person you meet in a diabetes support group on Facebook. Knowing yourself and your own diabetes is key.

Helen xx

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Come join our community, get support & connections, regular live chats& a FREE chapter of my e book - Put the Brakes on Diabetes Burn Out

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BOOK

What is diabetes burn out anyway?

Diabetes burnout is not a ‘one size fits all’ emotional state. It manifests differently in every person who ends up on the burnout merry-go-round. It is a cousin of depression and certainly the two moody blue emotional states cross over and sometimes go hand in hand. Yet diabetes burnout is different because you can point your finger straight at your health condition as the cause of your low mood or despair. Read all about how to identify it, how to prevent it and how to move through burn out.

Find a more positive perspective

Find a better approach to your life with diabetes. Instead of aiming to deny or gloss over the less appealing realities of your selfcare, recognise them, but with far less judgement and emotion. You will need to monitor your thoughts and analyse your responses en route to greater self-awareness. Find some important skills and strategies that will help give your attitude to your diabetes an upgrade.

Drop the idea of perfection!

Do you put pressure on yourself? Instead of rolling with the punches, if you feel a need to be ‘perfect’ it adds more stress because you are too rigid, uptight and hard on yourself. The book will help you to recognise that aiming for perfection doesn’t serve your health or state of mind. Adopt some new, more flexible habits and kinder, more affirming self-talk and you will be better able to take more situations in your stride.