When someone you love is first diagnosed with diabetes, your stress level may be high, coming mostly from any lifestyle changes you need to help your loved one make. You might join them with healthier eating and exercising. You’ll also want to make sure your loved one is taking medicine as prescribed by the doctor so that their blood levels stay steady.
But as time goes by, this “new normal” may become more stressful. Your loved one may have diabetes-related complications that require more doctors’ appointments or a visit to the hospital. You might find you’re taking days off from work or changing your daily routines. You might find yourself getting irritable and tired. In short, you might start feeling burned out.
Remember: You can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first. Check out this list of suggestions. They’ll not only give you a sense of well-being, but may help you be a better caregiver too.
* This information is provided as general knowledge only and is not medical advice. If you have questions or concerns, you should talk to your healthcare professional.