Diabetes is one of those diseases that seems harmless but can become very serious if it’s left to spiral out of control. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to eye damage, kidney damage, nerve damage, strokes, limb amputations, and much more.
In this article, we’ll look at the emotional side of things should one’s diabetes lead to complications. The rule of thumb is this – prevention is better than cure. The moment you know that you have diabetes, you should make immediate changes to your diet and lifestyle.
However, if there are complications despite your best efforts, your doctor will be able to address them with medication and other treatments. While this is the physical aspect of things, your mindset and emotions will play a huge role too.
Now let’s see how you can strengthen your resolve and keep going when times get tough.
Talk it out
Just the act of speaking to someone will make you feel better. This is usually more difficult for men who are used to bottling up their emotions. You may wish to confide in your close family members or friends.
Venting or allowing yourself to voice your emotions can be cathartic. If you find it awkward speaking to a family member or friends, you can always seek a support group or go for counselling.
Some people find it easier to talk to strangers or others who are going through the same problems as them.
See a specialist
Sometimes, what you may really need is advice from a professional. You may wish to get a second opinion or talk to a doctor who has experience in treating the complications that you’re dealing with.
While it generally costs more to see a specialist, if you have the budget for it or your insurance covers the costs, it would be a good idea to seek the help of one.
Meditation and positive thinking
An idle mind is a devil’s workshop. In many cases, people often imagine the worst-case scenarios and fear that they’ll either die or be in a very bad state. This negative thinking serves no purpose other than to stress you out unnecessarily.
Meditation is one of the best ways to calm your mind and body. If that doesn’t work for you, you may wish to read books on positive thinking or watch videos that lift your spirits and put you in a better mood.
Half the battle is fought in the mind. To successfully overcome the worries that arise from diabetes complications, you must have a strong mind and keep your emotions in check. Going through an emotional roller-coaster daily will only wear you down.
At the end of the day, coping with complications can vary from person to person. This is not only a physical battle, but a mental and emotional one. So, you’ll need to do some self-reflection and go with what works for you.
There is no right or wrong answer here. What truly matters is that you do what helps you. A positive attitude will lead to positive outcomes.