10 Things I’m Doing this Winter to Avoid Diabetes Burnout

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This applies to this Winter 2011-2012 because last year, boy did I have burnout.  I just wanted to clarify that.  Also, I have had days where I deal with burnout.  However, these don’t melt into weeks and really affect my blood sugars too much.  I always have higher blood sugars in the Winter because of how I despise cold weather and the way it dries me out.  Somehow that really impacts my mood.  Being outside with fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun are all so important to me.  I also don’t stay as active since I am so paralyzed from the cold.  I’m not sure when I’ll get over that…

Anyway, here are 10 Things I’m Doing this Winter to Avoid Diabetes Burnout:

10.  Look ahead into the future.

I’ve tried to focus on enjoying the present but also spent plenty of time day dreaming about what is to come and then taking steps to prepare for those things.  Getting one step closer to the things I’m excited about gives me energy and hope.

9.  Exfoliate.

Two to three times a week, I take olive oil and sugar and a little lemon juice and make a quick sugar scrub.  I use it all over in the shower including my face and lips (be gentle there) and it really helped me avoid the eczema patches that I tend to get each Winter.  Skin also feels silky smooth afterwards and it gives me a refreshing sense of wellness.

8.  Cuddle up in bed and read something inspiring.

It’s ideal that when it’s cold and dark, we slow down a little, eat warm foods, and recharge after the crazy holidays.  I also find that too much social media can sometimes overwhelm us a bit and disconnecting from all the stimulation can do some good.  So lose yourself in a book, make yourself some tea, put on warm socks, and repeat as necessary.

7.  Spring cleaning a little early.

We all get a sense of elation newness when Spring arrives and we clean our entire home.  But this year I did it right before Spring.  It gave me an indoor project, which is where I want to be when it’s cold, and I look forward to welcoming Spring with a clean house.  So that’s what I’ve been working on lately.  Getting old stuff thrown out, going through clothes and getting rid of what I don’t really use.  You get my drift.  The great part is that when it’s nice out, I am all done with my indoor projects.  All I have left is my kitchen pantry.  Need to stop putting it off…

6.  Seek help.

This means many different things to different people.  For me, it meant to get help with my anxiety and even depression issues that started creeping late last year.  I feel and function much better now and am reminded how important it is to deal with issues like these head on.  Ignoring stuff like this only fuels diabetes burnout.

5.  Update your look.

Women often cut and color their hair a lot because it gives us a feeling of fresh and new and exciting.  I hate to admit it but it’s true.  I got a few new additions to my wardrobe via Ebay and then got some lip stain and Elnet Hairspray and frankly, I feel better.  Don’t judge.  (By the way, Elnet is magic.)

4.  I worked a little on the outside, now let’s nourish the inside.

I have been meditating for the past few months.  I do a 5 minute meditation several times a day (so easy).  And I do an hour meditation a few times a week.  It’s amazing.  I can’t say I’ve reached “enlightenment” but I have gained an awareness and focus for my goals this year that I had no idea was possible.  I really recommend spending some quiet alone time to just experience nothingness.  It’s so much more than nothing.  hehe.

3.  See people more.

I’ve written about how I’ve been pretty much isolated the past 3 years since getting pregnant with my twins.  As a result, I got lonely and anxious about spending time with others.  So I’ve been making an effort to see more people, invite them over, and so on.  It’s been so helpful.  So much joy comes into one’s life this way.

2.  Lower carbs.

I’ve been heading in this direction for so many years.  Only now do I accept for myself that because I have type 1 diabetes and cannot metabolize carbs, limiting them is what I must do to avoid wild blood sugar swings.  I know that “I can eat that” and grains are a part of a “balanced diet” but I no longer believe any of this for myself.  I don’t want to wait on a piece of technology to come along before I get near normal blood sugars.  I want to strive for those blood sugars now.  I know that just 10 years with type 1 can cause some pretty mean complications and I plan on living many decades with it and in good health.  So from now on I am a low carb advocate when it comes to treating diabetes.  However, that doesn’t mean I think any less of anyone else’s diet.  You do what works for you and I’ll do what works for me. But if what you’re doing doesn’t work…

1.  Remember you’re one of billions.

You know how when you were growing up you would complain about the food on your plate and your mom would say something like, “You should be grateful, there are starving children out there!”  Well, it doesn’t help children much…but I think it helps adults to think that way.  Yes, our pain and suffering matters just as much as someone else’s and yes, it is very real.  However, I noticed that thinking often about those who don’t have enough food, water, clothes, medicine, love, respect, etc. really made me appreciate what I have.  And when talking about diabetes, I am a type 1 diabetic who has always had all the supplies necessary to manage my condition.  I’ve always had family and friends who cared and treated me well.  I’ve never gone hungry or thirsty or without clothing or shelter.  And billions of people (that’s a lot!) do not have what I have.  Or what you have.  And that’s something for us to think about when we are in need of comfort.

As always thanks for reading!

Take care of yourselves!

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Sysy, LOVED this post. Thanks for the skin treatment idea too…I’m getting some lemons today to try it!

:)

Great post! The low-energy winter routine has actually been helping me stay focused on diabetes. Getting through winter and keeping your sanity is a trick, though, no matter what. :)

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