Take a deeper dive into stress management 2.0 with us! We discuss different techniques for handling the stressors of type 1 diabetes. These tips are less about the actions we take and more about starting with how we think about the circumstances we’re stressing about.

Stress management 2.0 boils down to understanding the root causes of stress. While literally anything in our lives, any circumstance, can be a “stressor”, we have full control over our reactions to them.

When we learn how to manage our minds around stress, the effects of stress diminish…but don’t disappear.

Wins & Fails

Colleen’s Win: Pre-bolusing and waiting for number to come down before eating something that has more carbs than I usually eat…also, I did a 36-hour fast this week and it was not as hard or as bad as I thought it would be except for a 4-6 hour stretch where my brain made a very convincing argument that I absolutely NEEDED to eat, but it went away in the early afternoon.

Jessie’s Fail: She had a lot of schoolwork to do over spring break.

Tip of the Week

If you’re feeling especially stressed out, like by a high blood sugar, try going to bed earlier. 

Diabetes Spotlight

The spotlight this week is on Disney Pixar’s new film, Turning Red! It came out in mid-March, 2022, and has two background characters with type 1 diabetes. 

The T1D characters have maybe four or five scenes total, so it wasn’t like “hey look here are characters with diabetes and it’s a poorly done plot point” it was more just subtle representation for people with diabetes to watch a movie and get excited about seeing infusion sets. 

Since the film is set in 2002, which coincidentally is the year I got my first pump, the patches we see in Turning Red aren’t CGM sensors, they’re infusion sets.

Now It's Your Turn...

Our question for you guys this week is, what are your foolproof de-stressing techniques? Share them in the comments!

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