Emotional wellbeing is an essential part of living a healthy life and managing diabetes.
Diabetes can be really tough to live with. Sometimes people feel distressed, which can include feeling frustrated, guilty, sad, or worried. It is understandable if you feel this way from time to time. These feelings usually ease over time as you adjust to life with diabetes. Sometimes however, these feelings don’t easily go away or can come and go with your diabetes journey and it’s important to remember that you are not alone.
Diabetes distress is the emotional burden of living with and managing diabetes. The everyday demands of living with diabetes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week can feel overwhelming and living with diabetes can be unpredictable. You may feel frustrated or you may feel guilty or have a sense of failing with your diabetes management. Or you may be worried about your risk of long-term complications.
Feelings of anxiety and stress can affect everyone, however it may become a serious problem when these feelings last for a long time – that is, at least two weeks or more – and impact in a negative way on daily life.
One in four people will experience depression at some time in their adult life and the risk of depression is double in people with diabetes.
Remember you are not alone and it’s important to seek help.