If you have been here for a while or you know me personally- you know that I have Type 1 Diabetes. I have been working on using my small but growing platform to spread awareness about the disease that is often confused with Type 2 Diabetes and has a lack of public attention. Throughout my own life people have stressed the importance of my physical health due to me having a blaring physical ailment….but I am here today to stress the importance of Mental health in relation to diabetes. Even if you or someone you know DOES NOT have diabetes…some of these tips can be applied to you as well…so feel free to stick around. 🙂
Why Mental Health Matters
When you have a physical disease that demands your attention…it’s easy to put your mental health on the back burner. People, myself included, can find it easy to disregard mental health as important when it is not causing immediate problems in your life.
However, this is your reminder to bring it back to the forefront of your mind. Mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, etc. can cause minor to extreme problems in your daily life. Lack of motivation, interest, and even the ability to complete daily tasks. Having a chronic illness weighing on your conscious can add and even aid in developing these illnesses- and the symptoms can do a whole 180 and directly affect your ability to active take care of yourself…WHICH IS A BIG PROBLEM WHEN YOU HAVE TO ACTIVELY TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF IN ORDER NOT TO DIE.
Sorry for yelling, but that seems like it would be an extreme problem and should be addressed more in the medical world of Type 1 Diabetes. Whether you have diabetes, you are dealing with another chronic illness, or you are just human…having a good handle on your mental health can both improve your ability to care for your physical health and help prevent putting yourself in positions in which your physical health is at risk. It’s difficult, but it is important to maintain the delicate scale of mental and physical health.
Check in on yourself AND your friends. This is good advice for EVERYONE. How are you feeling? What is weighing heavy in your chest? What is causing unnecessary stress in my life? Or- How are you? Is there anything that you would like to talk or vent about? I am a good listener. These are good not only for checking on the bad days, but building and supporting healthy relationships with yourself and others.
If you are concerned with the well being of yourself or your loved ones- please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Either from friends, family, or the resources provided below.
5 Simple Tips to Balancing Mental and Physical Health
Disclaimer: As someone who personally struggles with depression and anxiety- I am fully aware that when you are in the deep end…you’re sometimes just in the deep end. I don’t want to pretend that these tips are a fix all…they simply sometimes help me pull myself out of the downs and help me stay out of the downs. Please keep in mind that everyone is different and needs different things. You are loved and seen. I hope this helps.
- Get in the shower EVERYDAY. If you are in the dumps…don’t even expect yourself to wash or shave anything…simply stand there. The movement of the water on your body can help move that negative energy off your body and down the drain. If you are not in the dumps…not letting yourself get to that “I’m so gross I have to shower” can really help prevent getting into that dumpy mindset.
- Journal. It doesn’t have to be an essay or have good grammar. It can be as simple as a rating scale every day of your mood. This is more prevention in the sense of noticing small changes in your mood or thoughts everyday. And on the dumpy days- it can be a useful tool to talk about the things that are hard to talk about.
- Light. Sit in the light. Open your curtains.Your brain needs sunlight…don’t deprive it.
- Drink water. It’s an annoying tip but an important one. In the dumps? It’s hard to eat and drink…but DRINK WATER. You are a cucumber with feelings…you are not meant to “dry”. Hydration can make all the difference in your mood when you’re in the “ups” as well.
- Sleep. This is my biggest weakness…but having a regular sleep cycle helps your mind and body recover from the day and prepare them for the next day. Sleep deprivation is an easy slip into oblivion. GET SOME REST!
That is all for the day- remember to check on yourself and your friends…and that mental health is JUST AS IMPORTANT as physical health. Friday will be a fun personal blog and September’s reading list. I hope you have a good day and happy reading!