“It’s okay to feel burned out from dealing with your health. It’s exhausting and there are no breaks”- Anonymous
I’m leaving in an hour to go on a mini-vacay with my family.
My clothes are packed. It's time to make sure I have enough diabetes medicine to cover the next couple of days as well as a spare in case of an emergency that prevents me from returning home in time.
To keep track of my blood sugar levels, I need spare CGM and meter supplies.
My blood sugar levels are affected by dehydration, so I have to keep multiple bottles of water on hand. During the whole time, the temperature will be in the 90's, and I absolutely refuse to spend $2-3 on a single bottle of water.
Lastly, there's the food situation. What are some foods I can eat that won't trigger my CGM alarm? Do I have enough snacks during long traffic jams?
Just the mental preparation of traveling with diabetes sometimes burn me out. But, it’s okay.
The important thing is that I'm making memories with my family, and although the extra preparation can be annoying, it's all worth it in the end.
I want to encourage you that it is okay to feel burned out. Feeling this way when we have to take extra care of our health conditions and still live our lives is a natural reaction.
There are no days off from managing diabetes; however, there are tools that we can use that can help us stay encouraged and motivated on this health journey:
- Changing up your diabetes plan
- Focus on activities and hobbies to temporarily take your minds off the stress
- Reach out to your healthcare team for mental health resources
- Reach out to a diabetes support group (like this community)
We are here to support you no matter where you are on this diabetes journey 💙
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