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Try a Little Self Care and Awareness

September was National Self Care Awareness Month and I don’t know about you — but I could use a little self care. Diabetes requires that we take care of ourselves — and we do – we care of our diabetes in the physical sense. But the emotional side of our lives and our lives with diabetes is often left by the side of the road, and that’s not good. Here’s the thing: We have to take care of both.

We have to do our best to take care of our diabetes on a daily basis so that we can have a good life, but we must also focus on taking care of our emotions, our mental health, and avoid key stressors. Treating the emotional aspects of diabetes makes handling the physical aspects easier.

So I’m going to take a little each to focus on my emotions — diabetes related or not — and I hope you do the same.

Four things I’m going to do for self-care

I’m literally going to breathe — as in taking deep breaths and focus on my breathing. Making a conscious effort to take more oxygen in, while releasing stress out. And if I can find a reasonably priced gentle stretch yoga class then I’m going to sign up for it.

I’m going to log-off an hour before I go to bed. No computer and no phone and I’m curious to see what happens.

I’m going to do two important things I’ve been putting off for a long time (and no I’m not sharing what they are) and that have nothing to do with diabetes. FINGERS CROSSED.

I’m not going to say anything negative about myself. I’m going to refer to myself in a positive manner regarding my life and my life with diabetes. Because negative descriptives stick and they have the potential to hold us down.

What about you? What are going to do?

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