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Mental Health and Diabetes

Posted by Jade Venhaus on

Let’s be real, to say living with diabetes is a challenge would be an understatement. I have been living with diabetes for 19 years and have had a few cases of diabetes burnout. Here are my suggestions for taking care of your mental health while living with diabetes:

1. There Is No Such Thing as Perfect    

Do you get excited when your blood sugar in range? Are you upset when you’re out of range? I have learned there is no such thing as perfectly managing your diabetes. I recommend when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the neediness of diabetes, to take a moment and realize how far you’ve come. For example, I have been running high more often lately, but instead of being disappointed about it, I focus on the fact that I had my lowest A1C ever at my last doctor appointment. Which means I have come a long way! It’s important to use your energy to focus on the good. This will help keep your mind in a positive place.


2. Schedule Check-in Time

Diabetes is so time-consuming. You’re constantly thinking… Did I take insulin for that? Do I have enough supplies? If you’re anything like me, the questions you ask yourself are endless. To avoid feeling like my diabetes is a chore, I do two things: (1) I have chosen one day a month to make sure I have everything I’ll need for the rest of the month and (2) I pick one day a week to do something that allows my mind to be free from it all, which for me is meditating. I realize diabetes doesn’t take any vacations, but that doesn’t mean your mind shouldn’t!


3. Find Support    

Even I still need support on my bad days. Don’t be afraid to share your diabetes and its struggles with your friends and family. You’d be surprised at how much they will want to be there for you. I used to think, because none of my friends have diabetes, they wouldn’t understand my struggles. Which wasn’t true at all. Yes, they may not be able to exactly relate, but they’re great at getting my mind off things in the moment. There is also a huge diabetes community online, which I’d highly recommend going to for extra support (check out @myabetic). It’s always good to know there are others out there just like you!


Oftentimes the emotional side of diabetes is harder to manage than the physical side. We are blessed to have amazing technology to help us live great lives, but that pesky brain of ours can get in the way of our positivity at times. If you have any additional questions about my process of living positively with diabetes, comment below, and I’m happy to reply!


Jade Venhaus @vibrantlybalanced

Living with Diabetes Since 2000

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  • Hi Sadie,

    Great question! I’ve been in a similar boat many times before. Sometimes you can do all the right things, but diabetes just doesn’t want to cooperate. So, what I’ve learned to do in this situation, is just let go! I also celebrate the small things. For example, I will recognize all the effort I’m putting into my diabetes. Which regardless of my blood sugars being “good” or not, I will still appreciate the fact I’ve been trying so hard. I hope you find this helpful, and always feel free to reach out!

    With Love,

    Jade on

  • What do you do when you just feel like nothing is going right with your diabetes, and you’ve done these things you’ve listed above, but it still doesn’t seem to help? Because I feel like this is the situation I’m in right now 😭

    Sadie on

  • I’m glad I ran into this post. I’ve had diabetes for over 10 years now… and it seriously still stresses me out sometimes. But after reading this I don’t feel so bad about it lol

    Zack on

  • Thank you for sharing this. It isn’t easy to admit I still go through diabetes burnout too.

    Elizabeth on

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