How many time have you said, I simply can’t cope up with this diabetes anymore, in the past few months, when you over whelmed with what you need to do at home and work? How often someone you know with diabetes say “I can’t manage diabetes with all the things I need to do”? Now that I know a little bit about diabetes, I started researching on coping with diabetes.
A Journal article, on www.diabetes.org, about coping described as “Most researchers believe that coping is a complex process in which a stressor occurs with which the individual must “cope,” and that coping leads to some outcome. In diabetes, the stressor is usually assumed to be the chronic demands of having diabetes with which one must cope, and that coping leads to certain metabolic and psychosocial outcomes. In a variety of studies, coping has been found to be associated with various metabolic or disease outcomes, as measured by glycosylated hemoglobin, functional status, symptom severity, body mass index, or body weight. Coping also may affect psychosocial outcomes, such as psychological adjustment, depression, and quality of life.”
Coping with Diabetes
Lazarus and Folkman describe, in their book “The Handbook of Behavioral Medicine”, 2 major types of focus in coping.
For a person with Diabetes, problem focused coping strategies is used in controlling the eating situations. Emotional coping strategies can be used when the diabetic patient think that they can do much about it and feel helpless. There are many more strategies in this book list on how to change the behavior. Overall, problem-focused coping strategies are associated with more successful medical outcomes than emotion-focused ones. Problem-oriented coping strategies have been associated with better self-care, metabolic control, and psychosocial well-being in both adults and children.
Out of all of them I like Cognitive behavior modification. I like this because I know this work not just with diabetes. It also works with any problem in life. This is what I call as rewiring or re-conditioning yourself.
Cognitive behavior modification is composed of three steps. These steps are:
- Recognition of thoughts and feelings,
- Problem-solving, and
- Guided self-dialogue.
The first step is working with the person to reflect on how he or she thinks and then responds to situations. The individual’s thoughts are examined to consider if the thoughts are based on fact or assumption. Once the thoughts are examined, the next step is to problem-solve. The third step is teaching the person to use thoughts to help follow through on the decision made in the previous step.
I explained this process the process of boosting your self-confidence in my wealth building blog. Take a look at that.
In summary, though the medical industry perceives diabetes is a long-term stressor that has the potential for patients to have difficulty in coping with the day-to-day management of diabetes, I think, you can change all that by taking control of your situation. So try the cognitive behavior modification technique to improve your diabetes today!
PS: I am neither medical expert nor a doctor. So don’t stop taking any medication. Consider these tips on the side to achieve positive results. These articles are information purpose only. You should follow your doctor’s guidance.
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