Feeling twitchy about Easter?Wednesday, 28 March 2018
A long weekend centred around chocolate may sound like a dream for some, but Easter can be a stressful time for people living with diabetes. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy the Easter weekend, so we’ve put together some suggestions to help you feel in control and enjoy yourself!
1. Test Your BGLs Often And Regularly
If you’re eating a lot of sugary foods it can be tempting to put off checking your BGLs, especially if results outside of your target range mean you feel down. Remember that it’s not a test and you can’t fail or pass; it’s all information to help you manage your diabetes better. If your blood glucose levels are high you need to know so you can make informed choices in managing your diabetes. If you find yourself regularly getting distressed over your blood glucose levels, speak to your Diabetes Educator or your GP who can help you put a plan in place.
2. Be Prepared
If you go into the weekend with a plan you’ll have a better chance of relaxing and enjoying yourself. If you’re eating out with friends or family, look up the menu ahead of time and select what you’re going to order. If you know there’ll be a lot of chocolate (there always is at Easter), plan to have a little bit and save the rest for later. This way you’re on the front-foot and managing your BGLs won’t seem like a mountain to climb – it’s just another weekend living with diabetes.
3. It’s Ok To Say No
Don’t feel bad for saying no when you’re offered food or drinks – what you chose to put in your body is up to you! It’s ok to ask your family not to give you chocolate. If they’re putting out chocolates for everyone suggest bringing it out in small amounts over time. If gifts are a tradition, make a request for non-food items instead. Feelings of guilt can come about when we ask family or friends to make concessions for us, but looking after yourself is nothing to feel guilty over.
If you have anyone making well-meaning, but ultimately unhelpful comments, (“Should you be eating chocolate?”) remind them that you manage you’re diabetes every day and know what can trigger a change in your blood glucose levels. And just like everyone else, a small amount of chocolate is fine on occasion as long as you don’t go overboard.
4. Talk To Someone
If you find that you’re getting stressed about the weekend and are looking for reasons to get out of your plans, it could help to speak to someone who understands. Whether that’s your partner, your carer, your friends, family or healthcare team, find someone who will listen to you and provide support. Having someone who understands why you’re anxious is another layer of support for you. It could also help to talk to someone who shares the same experiences as you. If you don’t know anyone else living with diabetes, there are a lot of online groups and forums for you to peruse.