Ask anyone who has diabetes what it’s like living with this disease, and you’ll probably hear a lot.
… About the hundreds of decisions that have to be made on a daily basis to manage their condition.
… About how scary it often is knowing that blood sugar dysregulation can be life-threatening.
… About how depressing it can be knowing this is a lifelong condition.
… And about how exhausting it is to do all of this, WHILE managing the other demands of life.
Diabetes management is a big deal, and living with it isn’t easy.
Affecting an estimated 422 million people globally, diabetes is one of the most common chronic modern illnesses we currently face.
And while there’s increasing awareness of how to manage diabetes, there’s not enough focus on the emotional impact that diabetes has on those affected by it.
The truth is, we simply don’t hear enough about the emotional havoc our illnesses can play on us.
In this episode of The Psychology of Eating Podcast, we take a special look at the very real issue of emotional burnout around managing diabetes (and other chronic, life-threatening illnesses).
Living with diabetes is far more than just learning how to eat the right diet, or monitoring glucose levels, or making the right lifestyle changes.
It’s also about:
✅ Being able to still live the life we yearn to live, and honor our desire to feel happy and free.
✅ Recognizing when self-compassion is needed, and discovering what that truly means for us.
✅ Letting go of the guilt and shame we can feel from having diabetes in the first place.
And what does all of this ultimately mean?
It means that living well with diabetes requires us to cultivate a healthy emotional relationship with it, and that we learn to embrace it as a spiritual and emotional teacher.
Because we may not be able to put an end to the daily decisions, tasks, and vigilance – but we can use it as a fuel for some of our deepest personal growth. And this ultimately leads us to a place of greater peace, acceptance, and vitality.
If you have diabetes or other chronic illness, we HIGHLY recommend you tune into this powerful episode!
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