Emotional Wellbeing

Being diagnosed with diabetes can affect how you feel. Whether or not you feel distressed about your diabetes diagnosis, it’s important to look after your emotional well-being.

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

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.


Anxiety and Diabetes

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.


Diabetes and Depression

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.

Check your emotional wellbeing

Do this by:

  • Learning more about diabetes is a great starting point. Understanding how to effectively manage your diabetes can help reduce the stress of living with diabetes and can help increase your confidence. Talk to us at Diabetes Tasmania about how we can help you learn more about your diabetes
  • Remember, some days will be great and for seemingly no reason, other days will not. That’s ok.
  • Working with your GP and health professionals is so important. There is no one size fits all for diabetes, and everyone needs their own individual targets and goals which meet their needs.
  • Discuss any concerns you might have about your diabetes management with your health care team
  • Share how you are feeling with family and friends
  • Think about getting involved in one the diabetes peer support groups around Tasmania. Having a shared experience and talking with people who you can relate to can be very helpful
  • Being as physically active as you can be can help improve both your physical and emotional health. Find an activity you enjoy and make it part of your everyday life.
  • A healthy diet is also an important way to help with your emotional wellbeing and the management of your diabetes.
  • Think about different types of relaxation and what you like to do. This can be very beneficial for your emotional wellbeing.

Where to get help

 It’s important to remember that you are not alone and there are many supports available:

  • Talk with your GP and health care team
  • You might also like to talk to a psychologist. Your GP can tell you if you are eligible for a Mental Health Treatment Plan to reduce the costs of seeing a psychologist.
  • There are many organisations dedicated to helping people deal with emotion and mental wellbeing (see Resources on the right)
  • Contact us at Diabetes Tasmania and one of our dedicated health professionals will be talk with you about what options for support are available and what would suit you best.
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