diabetic burnout

Diabetes Burnout

Being diagnosed with diabetes can be quite overwhelming. At the beginning you may be thinking what did you do wrong, why did this happen and have I not looked after myself properly. You may be overwhelmed with all the new information you are learning about what it is and how to manage it, along with what to eat, what type of exercise is right, what you can and can't do. Along with a range of emotions.

Overwhelming. Exhausting. Depressing.

You're not alone. And help is available. 

With diabetes on the increase, globally as well as in Australia, there are wonderful places to get help from caring professionals across many health fields.

One that we recently came across is a phone call with a psychologist, offered by Diabetes NSW & ACT. If you feel the need for some extra support just ring our Helpline on 1300 342 238 and ask to make an appointment to speak with their Psychologist Katherine Dixon. You can find out more about this service here.

We also share Renza's post today about her diabetes burnout. Read her post here. Her post is well worth a read and can be helpful to share with others who are dealing with T1 diabetes so they know they aren't alone either. 

If you're dealing with diabetes burnout please reach out - people care and help is available.

Diabetes burnout refers to a state of emotional and mental exhaustion that individuals with diabetes may experience due to the demands of managing their condition on a daily basis. It's characterized by feelings of frustration, helplessness, and a sense of being overwhelmed by the constant need to monitor blood sugar levels, take medications, make dietary choices, engage in physical activity, and address potential complications.

Diabetes burnout can manifest in various ways and may include:

  1. Neglecting Self-Care: Individuals experiencing diabetes burnout might struggle to maintain their diabetes management routines, including monitoring blood sugar levels, taking medications, and following a healthy diet.

  2. Feeling Resentful: Managing diabetes can feel like a full-time job, leading to feelings of resentment towards the condition and the constant need for vigilance.

  3. Mental and Emotional Exhaustion: The stress of constantly managing diabetes can lead to mental and emotional exhaustion, causing individuals to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and emotionally drained.

  4. Avoiding Healthcare: Some people may avoid medical appointments or neglect regular check-ups, which are essential for managing diabetes effectively.

  5. Avoiding Social Situations: The fear of judgment or the need to explain their condition might lead individuals to avoid social situations or gatherings.

  6. Struggling with Motivation: Diabetes burnout can result in a lack of motivation to engage in healthy behaviors, such as exercising or eating well.

  7. Feeling Isolated: Diabetes burnout can lead to a sense of isolation, as individuals may feel that others don't understand the challenges they face.

It's important to acknowledge that diabetes management is complex and can be emotionally taxing. Diabetes burnout is not a sign of weakness, but rather a normal reaction to the ongoing challenges of living with a chronic condition. If you or someone you know is experiencing diabetes burnout, there are strategies to cope and seek support:

  1. Seek Professional Help: A healthcare provider, therapist, or diabetes educator can offer guidance and strategies to manage burnout.

  2. Join Support Groups: Connecting with others who are also managing diabetes can provide a sense of understanding and community.

  3. Set Realistic Goals: Break down diabetes management tasks into smaller, achievable goals to prevent feeling overwhelmed.

  4. Practice Self-Care: Engage in activities that bring joy, relaxation, and help manage stress.

  5. Communicate: Openly discuss feelings of burnout with loved ones, friends, and healthcare providers.

  6. Take Breaks: Allow yourself occasional breaks from the routine of diabetes management without feeling guilty.

Diabetes burnout is a common experience, and seeking help and support is crucial for maintaining both physical and emotional well-being.

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