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Episode #19: A Vaccine for the Stress of T1D

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In this episode…

After a year of lockdowns, we are all ready to put COVID-19 behind us. And with the vaccine being rolled-out, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. A COVID vaccine means a return to normal life is in our future. We will finally be able to do whatever we want to do, without restrictions or fear of contracting COVID getting in the way.

Living with type 1 diabetes can also make you feel trapped. The stress, overwhelm, and burnout that come with T1D can also get in the way of living a full life.

What if there was a vaccine for the stress of T1D?!

In this episode of The Diabetes Psychologist podcast, Dr. Mark talks about how you can vaccinate yourself against the stress of T1D. You may not be able to avoid the stress related to T1D, but you can work to make sure this stress doesn’t get in the way of your life.

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Here’s a brief preview of what this vaccine looks like:

Step #1: Normalize the stress of T1D: People with T1D often think if T1D makes them stressed, then they are doing something wrong, which only increases their stress. This belief could not be further from the truth. When you recognize that stress with T1D is normal and expected, it makes it much easier to deal with.

Step #2: Identify your stories about T1D: We tell ourselves stories about what having T1D means about us, and these stories are almost always negative. These stories take the stress of T1D and amplify it to the point where it becomes overwhelming. When you identify the stories you tell yourself about T1D, you can recognize they are only stories, and you take the power away from them.

Step #3: Lead with action: Stress is often a barrier to behavior with T1D. We think our stress controls what we can and cannot do in our lives. Leading with action means doing what you want to do, even if you are feeling stressed. When you decide to act, you take back control of your behavior from the stress, which neutralizes the stress and makes it less of an issue.