Many people newly diagnosed with diabetes start out motivated to make all the necessary changes to take care of themselves. But as time goes by, it’s common to start feeling drained or overwhelmed, something experts refer to as “diabetes burnout.” Figuring out your level of burnout is key to relighting your fire, says William Polonsky, PhD, CDE, diabetes psychologist and author of Diabetes Burnout.
Ask yourself if the six statements below are true or false.
- My diabetes is taking up too much of my mental and physical energy every day.
- I feel too exhausted, fatigued or “burned out” by the constant effort it takes to manage my diabetes.
- I feel like I am often failing with my diabetes regimen.
- I feel like diabetes controls my life.
- I’m not motivated to keep up with my diabetes treatment plan.
- I feel completely overwhelmed about my diabetes.
If you answered true to more than two of the above, you may be experiencing burnout. Your first step is to talk to your doctor, a certified diabetes educator or a counselor. Maybe your medications or shots can be adjusted so that you don’t have to take so many throughout your day. Or maybe counseling will help you learn new strategies for easing stress and improving your mood.