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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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What is Wellness?

By thinking about our wellbeing, and making a few small changes to how we live our lives, we can begin to feel healthier and live a better future. 

We can all feel overwhelmed at times. We’re too busy and stressed, or feel lonely or isolated. Wellness is about putting in a little bit of time in our busy schedules to focus on our mental and physical health and relationships. It’s about pressing pause, and finding some balance. 

It takes some commitment, but how much is up to you. 

Wellness can involve: 

  • Regular exercise 
  • Eating healthier 
  • Time away from computers and phones
  • Spending time catching up with friends and loved ones
  • Trying new things
  • Learning to think more positively

There are no definitive rules, no certain way you should feel and no time limit. But little changes can make a big difference. 
And we have some tools to help you make those small changes.

Physical Health

Physical exercise and spending time in nature can reduce stress, lift your mood and improve sleep. 

You don't need to commit to a marathon and an hour's meditation every day. Deciding on some achievable goals, can make a big difference. 

Being physically active is good for diabetes. It's important to understand how your diabetes affects your ability to exercise. Don't expect too much of yourself. Start small and build up. Set goals that work for you. 

Healthy Eating

Our physical health is affected by what we eat and drink, how much we move, if we're ill, if we smoke, how stressed we feel, the kind of lifestyle we have.

Healthy eating and a balanced diet can help to give us more energy.

If you have diabetes, we have lots of advice and tips on how to eat a healthy and balanced diet.

Mental Wellbeing

Feeling mentally healthy means we feel positive, in control and able to cope in most everyday situations. 

We might be experiencing mental health problems if a lot of the time we feel nervous, stressed or depressed. It's not uncommon to feel like this, and there's lots of ways to get help, like talking to loved ones, your GP, or mental health organisations, like Mind.

Connecting with others

We are here to help. Our local support groups are a great way to share stories, and feel more connected to people who understand diabetes. 

You can talk to a trained counsellor on our helpline about whatever's on your mind. 

And our friendly online forum is always open for everyone.

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