Losing the Fear of Lows

Posted by haidee on Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:16 in

Growing up I had such major anxiety about LOW blood sugars. Who could blame me? It’s a miserable experience for everyone. Talk about exhausting and nerve-wracking. This cartoon reflects how I used to feel most of the time - scared of lows even when I was high!

There was something simple I figured out that helped me relax a little:

I realized I was more afraid of getting low than I was being low. I spent a ton of time in my own head thinking what could happen, how embarrassed I’d be, how yucky I’d feel and so forth. The messages in my mind caused the fearfulness, not the actual event itself. Sure, there’s a need to be concerned, but not tormented! All those “what ifs” really bogged me down.

Soon I developed a more proactive attitude, which also helped to reduce my anxiety. I focused on being prepared. I took charge over my lows and, instead of waiting for them to eventually arrive, I met them head-on with an actual plan (including an arsenal of candy nearby!!!). It made a world of difference for me.

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