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Adapting to Diabetes - What to do when things get a bit much

There are only so many hours in a day. You can either choose to take on everything that is asked of you, or you can be more selective with your own time.

13 May 2024
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Of course, if your time is always in demand, it may be because, like many other people, you find it difficult to say “no” to others.

Unfortunately, as their stress is reduced, your stress can often increase! That is not good for anyone, but it is even harder for people who are also managing their diabetes every day. When you take on more than you can handle, it can make managing your diabetes even tougher.

If you are not comfortable with saying “no” here are some ways to make it easier for you, to help prevent you from becoming overwhelmed.

Take a moment- you don’t always have to say “yes” right away

Most people won’t expect an answer straight away, so don’t feel pressured into agreeing to everything that is asked of you. You can always pause to check your diary and let them know your decision at a later time. This gives you time to consider whether or not you can really commit, or if you actually want to.

Be honest- don’t feel like you need an excuse

Most people also have busy lives, so they will understand if you can’t fit something in. Making excuses is easy, however, you don’t need one - just explain your reservations honestly. If you really feel like you need an excuse, try telling the person that you simply cannot fit their request into your diary.

Remember to take time out for yourself

It’s OK to take time out and prioritise time for yourself to do the things you enjoy, whether that is watching television, going to the gym, reading a good book, or looking for tasty recipes online.

Taking time out for yourself may help you better manage your diabetes, prevent you from feeling burnt-out and allow you to do the things that matter most to you.

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