Become Your Own Healer
You may have heard it many times: "Just breathe."
But what does that mean and why is it the first topic I’m bringing up? Well, I used to have many mental, emotional, and physical roller coaster rides with diabetes. But one day, something told me to take a deep breath, close my eyes, and recognize the pause.
The result was immediate, I felt calm.
So I started thinking, what if I took a deep breath every time I encountered a diabetes “situation" before I reacted? I found out pretty quickly that diabetes and the stress surrounding it were losing their grip on me.
In fact, I started using this deep breath practice in all areas of my life and it eased tension, made me a better listener, and helped me relax.
It de-dramatized this disease that I have. I always tell people, it’s the magic of the pause before the response.
Now, Let's Breathe Together
I give 2 options here. See which one suits you best; recognize how you feel before and after.
Option 1: Inhale for 3 seconds, then pause. Exhale for 3 seconds, then pause. Keep repeating these inhales and exhales while imagining you are outlining a box. Notice what happens when you pause. You can change the breath counts to more or less but for this purpose, keep the counts even as you make your box.
Option 2: With your hands on your belly and your heart, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and allow the belly to really expand and then release all the way out. Repeat as desired.
Let’s Flow with Diabetes
Now we find a little more flow. That word flow is so important to me because in diabetes management there’s a lot of rigidity, calculations, and talks of control.
But when we move into a space of flow we can breathe easier, ditch judgment, and find ease while we manage our diabetes. Reflect on what flow means to us. What does flow look and feel like in your diabetes?
- What 3 things help me to feel more in flow with diabetes?
- What would it look like if I removed the "control" aspect of my diabetes management and replace it with “mindfully caring for myself while living with diabetes?"
- What 3 acts of kindness can I gift my marvelous, incredible, heroic body with diabetes every single day?
Emphasis on Ease
Words hold weight. They can be heavy or light. They can weigh us down or lift us up. And sometimes, we get into a pattern of saying things habitually without even realizing how those words are impacting us. But our body feels it.
The cool thing is, we can start switching that pattern very quickly once we bring awareness to it. And you will feel those changes. I certainly have, and it’s made a huge impact on my diabetes, and my entire self.
So let’s make shifts together, let's utilize some practices that can bring more ease and empowerment to our bodies while we live with diabetes.
Here are some affirmations to practice in order to find that ease and empowerment:
- I am choosing and deserve to live my best life, with or without diabetes.
- I am choosing to use words that empower my body, myself, and my life.
- I am choosing to be a champion of my life, instead of a victim of circumstance.
- I am choosing to use these miscalculations as opportunities for awareness in my diabetes care rather than judging myself.
Of course, these practices won't heal you from having diabetes altogether. But they can bring you an awareness that will allow you to live a more mindful, easeful, peaceful, and powerful existence.
I’ve lived with diabetes for 40 years and have navigated many waters. More than anything, I've found my inner strength, peace, and empowerment through acceptance, breathwork, and these practices laid out here.
I hope they do the same for you!