HI, I'M DR. MARK HEYMAN

Episode #67: My Biggest Learnings in 2021

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I’ve been living with T1D for over 20 years, and my work has focused on people with T1D for the past 10 years. But I am always learning new things about diabetes and mental health.

2021 has taught me a whole new set of lesson and I want to share my biggest learnings with you!

In this episode of The Diabetes Psychologist Podcast, I tell you the FIVE most important things I learned in 2021 about T1D and mental health.

Learning #1: T1D doesn’t live in a silo. Yes, diabetes makes life stressful, but T1D is not the only thing causing you stress in your life. You can’t forget that your life affects T1D and T1D impacts your life. The stress works both ways.

Learning #2: Quality of life matters. There is more to life with with T1D than perfect blood sugars and sometimes, you have to make a choice. Sometimes you may choose your quality of life, and that’s ok.

Learning #3: Take small steps. Managing your blood sugars and the stress of T1D can feel overwhelming, even paralyzing. However, there is almost always one thing you can do to get you closer to your goal. Do it, no matter how insignificant it feels.

Learning #4: Mental health support with T1D goes beyond therapy. In fact, most people with T1D do not need to see a mental health professional, but they need something. Be willing to think outside the box and use the resources you need.

Learning #5: Emotional health with T1D takes practice. It does not come naturally to most people. You may not always get it right, but you have to put in the effort and practice if you want to see improvement.

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