December 14, 2011

Holiday Blues Swings


Once again it’s that time of year where we’re asked to be joyful and cheery for everybody.  I will admit I don’t feel any holiday emotion during this season. I am normally cool with folks that are more exuberant because I don’t want to spoil their fun.  However, I am personally burned out on the needless spending and how commercialized the holidays have become.  I find it even more revolting that some people get stressed out because they are expected to purchase gifts for family members or friends in order to maintain a “friendly” existence.  Somehow the reason for the season is not the paramount concern any more.  It is hard to find much meaning in the holidays when the family doesn’t get together any more. So if you get a little depressed or not in the mood for ongoing holiday cheer you have a companion in me.

The holidays can be a time of self-evaluation, loneliness, reflection on past failures and anxiety about an uncertain future.  Don’t let these emotions overwhelm your whole being. I believe as long as you are healthy and alive there is always time to change or rearrange the imperfection within our control.  Remember all these emotions and moods can affect your glucose control.  Most folks don’t understand how their emotions and stressors will affect another person.  Since we have this understanding it is up to us –the diabetic– to keep ourselves under control. Control your environment and surround yourself with supportive and caring people.

Reach out and make new friends, or contact someone you haven’t heard from in a while. Try to stay happy or positive about your situation. Whatever you do, don’t do it alone.   As a diabetic, you have to put yourself first some of the times. Keep expectations for the holiday season manageable. Pace yourself. Organize your time. Make a list and prioritize the important activities.  Stay happy and healthy and eat responsibly!

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