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Episode #34: Healthy Boundaries with T1D

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Boundaries are a critical part of any healthy relationship, including your relationship with T1D.

A boundary is a dividing line. When you set a boundary, you decide what you will let in and what you are going to keep out.

So what do boundaries have to do with T1D? A lot…!

Do you feel like diabetes is controlling your life? That probably your boundaries with T1D are too loose. Do you ignore diabetes and try not to think about it? That probably means your boundaries are too rigid.

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Boundaries take many forms in your life with T1D. Over the next two weeks on the podcast, we will look at boundaries and T1D in four different areas.

On this episode of The Diabetes Psychologist podcast, we talk about setting boundaries with T1D and with yourself. Do you let T1D take up too much energy, or do you not focus on it enough? What boundaries do you set for yourself around things like what and how much you eat? You don’t want your boundaries with T1D and yourself to be too loose, but you also don’t want them to be too rigid. We will talk about how you can use boundaries to find the balance between good T1D management and your quality of life.

Next week in the second part of this series, we’ll look at your boundaries with other people and your healthcare team around T1D.