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Diabetes- Get Rid Of Your Anger!
Most people go through a cycle of emotions after they're first diagnosed with diabetes, typically starting with a this-can't-be-true sense of denial that eventually gives way to anger when you realize you're in for a long haul. I denied type II diabetes for three or four years. That's how long it took me to accept this disease and find ways to help me live a more happy and healthier life. You may feel that your body has betrayed you, that your life has been turned upside down in ways you can't control, or that you don't deserve something like this and it just isn't fair.
These are normal responses that may make you irritable for weeks and even months at the onset. As you you gradually accept your diabetes and settle into a self-care routine, your anger may cool down. But, it's also possible that anger will persist, especially if you find yourself frustrated by your disease. For example, your best efforts at glucose control may not be producing the results you want. You may resent the intrusion diabetes has made on your daily routine or feel irritated by having to change your eating patterns.
Frustration is a part of dealing with diabetes, but unchecked anger isn't healthy for your relationships, your mental health, or your body. Because of my limited understanding of this disease, I became very angry with my parents who both had diabetes. Anger with depression is linked with higher rates of heart disease. I know, it can seem to be a difficult emotion to control, but if you are alert to it and prepared to contend with it, you can get the upper hand. Here's how.
- Take responsibility. Making progress toward peace means working toward and attitude of acceptance, not only of the diabetes itself but of the emotional toll it takes as well. Diabetes can be frustrating and make you mad. Those are realities, and it's okay to recognize them as such. This allows you to take a step back and look at the bigger picture in which your emotions aren't out of control but rather predictable responses for which you can take control. Part of the responsibility involves understanding where your anger is coming from, and not unfairly blame other people .
- Look for patterns.
- Ignore the bait.
- Change your mental channel.
- Keep anger in check!
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