Type 1 diabetes affects more than just the physical. It’s emotionally taxing and tests our constitutions daily. Whether you have Type 1 or are a caregiver for someone who has it, you should know first that you are not alone. Remember, too, that a big and important part of taking care of yourself, is nurturing the mind and spirit. We are just beginning to explore what that means through our own extensive research as well as by consulting experts from a wide range of disciplines. We’re on the search to discover what contributes to a healthy mental state and how one can achieve a balanced life.
If you have Type 1 diabetes or are caring for someone who does, it is likely that you or your loved one will experience any of the following: stress, diabetes distress, burnout, diabulimia and/or depression.
The first step to taking care of yourself mentally, is seeking help and resources. In addition to professional help from a mental health provider, you may find benefit in finding a community in-person or online that “gets it.” Hearing personal accounts from others who have gone through what you are experiencing can be helpful. Learn how others affected by Type 1 have learned to cope with mental stress by reading their stories here or connecting on the Beyond Type 1 App.