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3 Things You Can Let Go of with Type 1 Diabetes

No matter how hard you try, you can’t get rid of diabetes. It’s just not possible.

What you can do is let go of things diabetes brings into your life that are not helpful. Holding on to the emotions, misconceptions, and expectations that come with diabetes is overwhelming. Letting go of these unhelpful things can give your mental health a big boost.

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Here are three things you can let go of that can make your life with diabetes easier:

Guilt

Feeling guilt about diabetes happens to the best of us. Whether you feel guilty because of an unexplained high blood sugar, because you ate a cookie (or two), or because you got irritated with your boyfriend when your blood sugar was high, it’s never fun. This guilt can be paralyzing, making it harder to take care of yourself and keep your blood sugars in-range, leading to even more guilt. It can feel like it never ends. Letting go of guilt means accepting sometimes you’ll make mistakes or that diabetes will throw you curveballs. It means forgiving yourself and learning from your mistakes, and not beating yourself up.

Control

When you feel frustrated, burned out, or angry with diabetes, your first instinct probably is to control these emotions. I don’t know about you, but I can’t control my feelings at the snap of a finger. Yes, you have some influence on how you feel, but trying to control your emotions usually leads to more frustration. As hard as it may be, sometimes it is best to sit with your diabetes-related feelings instead of trying to control them. Letting go of control lets you spend your time and energy doing what you want, instead of attempting to control things you can’t control – and this will help your mental health.

DON'T LET T1D HOLD YOU BACK!

The Ultimate Guide To Getting Unstuck With Type 1 Diabetes gives you strategies you can start using TODAY to insert flexibility into your life with T1D.

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Perfectionism

People with T1D tend to be perfectionists. We want perfect blood sugars, perfect time-in-range, or a perfect A1c. The problem is, with T1D, perfection isn’t possible. If you have T1D, your blood sugars will never be perfect all the time. If you always expect them to be perfect, you’re setting yourself up for failure. One of my favorite quotes is, “with diabetes, sometimes good enough is good enough.” While letting go of perfectionism with T1D may not be easy, it takes some pressure off, which can have a huge impact on your mental health.

Your Action Plan:

  1. Make a list of the things about diabetes you need to let go of.
  2. Develop a plan to start letting go of these things.
  3. Take steps to implement this plan.
  4. Post what you are going to let go of to improve your mental health. Use the hashtag #diabetesmentalhealth. Be sure to tag @thediabetespsychologist in your post.
  5. Share this post if you found it helpful!