What Self-Care With Type 2 Diabetes Means to Me

By Richard Woods
Updated 2024-03-28 18:12:14 | Published 2021-06-13 17:00:33
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What Self-Care With Type 2 Diabetes Means to Me

Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can be a rollercoaster ride. There will be good days and bad days, but what matters is how you handle and manage your diabetes. Managing diabetes is not just about taking medication and eating right; it's also about taking care of your overall well-being. This includes looking after your mind, body, and soul, as stress can have a negative impact on your health by raising your blood sugar levels.

To reduce stress, it's important to make time for yourself. Personally, I have started scheduling regular me time to step away from my responsibilities as a mother and a professional. I have incorporated activities such as walking for at least 20 minutes a day, getting massages twice a month, trying meditation, and taking rowing classes. These activities have made a tremendous difference in my life, helping me find inner peace.

Self-care also involves setting boundaries in various aspects of your life. This includes establishing work boundaries, such as taking breaks, having a proper lunch break, logging off on time, and not overworking yourself. Creating boundaries with your family and friends is equally important. Being able to say no without feeling guilty or obligated is crucial for managing stress and maintaining balance. I learned these lessons the hard way, experiencing burnout, sleepless nights, and increased stress levels that affected my blood sugar. Now that I've set boundaries, I can live better in all areas of my life.

Another important aspect of self-care is getting enough sleep. I used to push myself too hard, surviving on only 4 to 5 hours of sleep per night. This left me exhausted during the day and unable to concentrate. Now, I prioritize getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep, allowing my body and mind to rest and function optimally. This has made a significant difference in my overall well-being.

Self-care plays a crucial role in managing diabetes. It helps to create a well-balanced life, reduce stress, and regulate hormone levels. If you want to live a better-balanced life and reduce stress, start incorporating self-care practices today. Join iMedix's Type 2 Diabetes Facebook Support Group to learn, share, and connect with others on this journey.

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