Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Stessors (How to Destress the Mind Mess)

In the world of T1D artificial pancreas being, it is easy to forget to take care of YOU.

Just in case your overworked memory has taken a dive, let me clarify for you:  Remember that person, the one that is doing hourly mental math and sleeping less than three or four hours at a time?  That person, probably YOU, needs a break!

Yes, our artificial pancreas job is a little more difficult than we often realize and having that terror level orange going all of the time does create a little bit of stress.

After recognizing that, what is an artificial pancreas employee supposed to do about it all?

Here are seven sure-fire ways to 'destress the mind mess' during the holidays and all through the year.

7.)  Just say "No". 

6.)  Declare a PJ only day.

5.)  Have the kids to your house for a playdate or sleepover.

4.)  Start a hobby.

3.)  Join a JDRF coffee group.

JDRF has a hundreds of support coffee groups.  They also offer support groups for adults living with type 1 diabetes. 

2.)  Volunteer.

Simple enough.  Join a group of people who are making difference in the life of someone else who is struggling.  I say this to my kids all of the time but everyone has something.  Sometimes we have to actually see it to be reminded of how true that is. 

1.)  Spend time with your child, doing something fun and non-t1d related. 

Tickle.  Tell stories.  Listen to stories.  Love and Be Kind to your loved one.  I can guarantee that it will remind you of why missing sleep and dealing with diabetes related issues are really not a big deal in the scheme of things.  You do them because you simply LOVE YOUR LOVED ONE LIVING WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES. 

Sending you many wishes for the holidays and Happy New Year!!!!

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