It is normal to feel upset about having diabetes and everything you have to do to stay healthy. It is normal to ask yourself, “Why me?” or “Why can’t I just forget about this?”. Everyone with diabetes has felt this way at some point!
Turn to each other for support and advice.
Remember that everyone has something they have to do in life to stay healthy. Sometimes, people with diabetes may have to do more than average, but if everyone helps each other and stays positive, you can stay healthy and happy!
If you make sure to take care of your mental health with things like exercise, meditation, spending time with family or friends, enjoying a hobby that you have, sleeping and eating well, and staying positive, you will have a much better attitude.
If you find yourself feeling depressed or anxious, even if you have tried all of these methods to stay happy and healthy, talk to a trusted friend, parent, family member, or doctor.
It is ok to not feel ok. But, there are ways to help yourself.
Information and images from www.penpalsunited.org are from or inspired by Living the Sweet Life with Diabetes: The Art of balancing insulin, diet, and exercise by Dr. Santosh Gupta, MD, MRCP (UK), CDE. You can access the book here: http://manavseva.org/downloads/book-english.pdf
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