Constantly on edge?

Along with the general stresses of life such as money, work, friends and commitments, living with T1D dumps another load of anxiety onto our plates. T1D in itself is another job, only this one isn't 9-5. 

It's normal to worry about your diabetes in everyday life. Whether it be hypo's, hyper's, eating or driving. Annoyingly the consequences of poorly managed diabetes can lead to unpleasant consequences both in the short term and long term. 

Having several tabs open in your brain at once when it comes to navigating T1D in everyday life can leave you with some serious anxiety about trivial tasks. 

 

There's no guarentee this will ever go away, but we can at least learn how to manage it.

 

Small changes make a big difference.

If you worry about hypo's after injecting insulin, trialing a lower carb diet might be a good idea. Lower carb = less insulin.

 

Seeing how your blood glucose behaves in real-time is really useful in every aspect of daily life. Consider a continious glucose monitor. 

From personal experience, I've found yoga to be a good way to distract your mind from any anxiety. Try to incorporate some physical activity into your weekly routine.

 

Allowing your anxieties and negative thoughts to hog the free space in your mind isn't healthy for anyone. Distract yourself in doing things you enjoy. Don't let your diabetes take more of your energy than it already does.