Living well with diabetes can require a lot of time, preparation and mental energy. And, unlike a job or habit you've grown tired of, managing diabetes isn't something you can take a vacation from. If you sometimes feel overwhelmed or frustrated, that's completely normal.
However, if these feelings are causing you to skip blood sugar checks or miss doses of insulin or other medication, you may have diabetes burnout.
What is diabetes burnout? There's no textbook definition of diabetes burnout because experiences vary from person to person and may be triggered by different things at different times. Burnout can be linked to your testing regimen, medication use, stress, dietary requirements or exercise needs.
Who is most likely to experience burnout? Anyone living with diabetes is susceptible to burnout. It may come and go and happen more than once. After all, controlling your blood sugar is a big job that never ends.
What do I do if I'm feeling burned out? First, realize that you're not wrong for feeling this way. Then talk your doctor about what's going on. Diabetes burnout is so prevalent that there's a standardized screening tool that doctors use to look for it.
Is help available? Yes! You don't have to face burnout alone. Enlist family, friends and coworkers to help you stay motivated. Or join a support group in your community or online. The American Diabetes Association (diabetes.org) is a good starting point for finding programs to help you better manage your diabetes.