Self-Care for Parents of Children with Type One Diabetes: Get Started

by Leighann on February 13, 2017

Summary: As caregivers to a child with type one diabetes, most of us put our child’s needs before own own. This is the first in a monthly series about self-care.

Self care is never a selfish act.

I sort of had an awakening these past six months that made me take a look at myself and figure out what I needed to do to improve my quality of life. I found myself overweight and with chronic pain and knew that I needed to get myself back on track. My doctor gave me the goal of losing 10 pounds by my physical this coming May, a goal that I felt was achievable and could be lasting. The neurologist I saw for pain suggested yoga to gain core strength. Even though, since becoming a parent, I haven’t taken time for myself, I decided that I needed to begin making time for myself.

I’ve made some changes that I help will make me a healthier, happier person. You know how they say you should put your own oxygen mask on first before tending to others? It’s so true…we need to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others. Every month I plan to share with you my process or my thoughts.

Self-care is incredibly important for you, too.

When I announced to friends that I was going to begin this journey, I was directed to the video that I’m including below. As I watched it, I nodded my head because this is exactly what I was talking about.

Here is a talk by Dr. Mark Heyman is a diabetes psychologist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Founder and Director of the Center for Diabetes and Mental Health during the Diabetes Hands Foundation MasterLab 2016 called “Don’t Forget About You: Taking Care of Yourself While Advocating for Others.”

(E-mail and feed subscribers click over for embedded video.)

Here are a few questions from the video that you might ask yourself:

“How would you rate yourself on how well you take care of yourself?”

“What’s going well for you and what needs work?”

“What’s your biggest barrier to self care?”

I hope you will begin a dialog with me. I am debating creating a closed Facebook group so that parents interested in taking on self-care can support one another. If this is of interest, let me know.

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1 Katy February 15, 2017 at 12:52 am

This is great! We are much better caregivers when we treat ourselves with loving care. It’s hard to remember this as a priority and hard to do when I feel like complete garbage. I’m glad you’re making this series!

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2 Renee February 15, 2017 at 8:58 am

I am a T1 mom. I would be interested in a Fb group. I am in one group, but would appreciate one that understand our caregivers pressures.

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3 Cathy February 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

I would be interested in being part of a closed support group.

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4 Lucy February 17, 2017 at 8:42 am

Yes!!!!! I need this. I had reached a level of healthy that I hadn’t seen in a long time. And then, my son got sick. A cold here, a cold there and his sugars were all over the place. My focus turned to him, to get him back on track. And thankfully we got there. But it cost me all the hard work I did for myself. I’ve gained all the weight I lost and I feel so unhealthy. Please let me know if you make a closed group.

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