Emotional wellbeing

Living with diabetes can be tough. It can affect your emotional wellbeing, but you can learn strategies to help you cope which will have a positive impact on your overall health. 

Coping strategies

  • Don’t isolate yourself 
  • Don’t be hard on yourself 
  • Talk to your diabetes health care team and let them know how you are coping.  It’s ok if you’re having a difficult time. Let them know – they are there to help 
  • Maintain a healthy diet and be active every day. You may not feel like it, but it will help 
  • Set small and specific goals 
  • Confide in someone that you trust – talk to your family and friends so they can support you. 

It’s OK to ask for help. Day to day challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming but it can be easier to manage with the right support. Diabetes Queensland offers a Diabetes Counselling Service should you wish to make an appointment to talk to someone.  

Let people know

Don’t be afraid to let people know that you have diabetes. Give people the chance to support you and educate them on how diabetes impacts your life. Wearing a medical alert bracelet is a great idea, because if you have a hypo, people will know how to help you. 

The following factsheets may also help: 

Adjusting to life with diabetes 

Diabetes distress 

Diabetes and anxiety 

Diabetes and depression 

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