What is self-esteem? How we feel about ourselves and how important we think we are to others is essential because feeling good about oneself can affect ones mental state, behaviour and ones diabetes.
It has been found that diabetes is related to self-esteem. Research has shown that good glycemic control is related to feelings of confidence while poor glycemic control has found to be associated to feelings of guilt and distress.
Unfortunately, diabetes can eat away at a person’s sense of self-worth. Some diabetics indulge in a lot of self-blame- “I deserve to get this illness.” Some people have a low perception of self because they feel different. This can happen at any stage, from childhood to adulthood. Some people even wonder that getting diabetes is a punishment of some sort.
Poor self-esteem can result when patients become overwhelmed because their continuous efforts to control diabetes fails. Negative comments from family and friends and the stigma attached to the disease itself can all have an adverse effect on a person’s self-esteem.
Do not despair. There are many ways to boost your self-esteem. Stay connected and be around people who are positive in their outlook and who give constructive feedback. Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Be proud of your accomplishments as this will encourage you to focus on what you are good at. Recognize and accept your body for what it is. Be comfortable in your own skin. No matter what shape or size you are, focus on how strong and healthy you are and work towards the goal you have set out for yourself.
Positive self esteem can change your whole life. The key to having a positive attitude is to do something which u enjoy and love. By doing this you will have less time to dwell on negative thoughts and be preoccupied with your disease. You can choose to have a positive/ negative attitude. The choice is yours- make the right one!