Managing worry about COVID-19 and Type 1 diabetes

We know that things feel a little scary and uncertain at the moment. Your experience of living with type 1 diabetes and the stresses and uncertainties it brings will make you more prepared to cope with this situation than most people. If you’re finding yourself worrying, it might help to try to focus on the things that you can control in your life.

Things you CAN control

Focussing on these can help your body and mind.

Know your “sick day rules”

Check out your job policy
Regarding sickness/time off.

Contact details
Make sure your contact details are up-to date with your hospital.

Know the sumptoms of COVID-19 & what to do
Check out symptoms and what you should do if your start experiencing these, using our website.
Cancel your outpatient appointments if you are experiencing symptoms!

Keep up-to-date with reccommendations

Take precaution
Try to keep blood glucose in range, ensure you have hypo treatments available and repeat prescriptions of kit such as blood test strips, if needed.

Look after your body
Try to make good food choices – this could be your chance to expand your cooking skiils. Try to maintain a good exercise level.

Look after your mind
Keep in touch with friends and family. If you’re isolating, remember to care for yourself mentally.

Say “NO” and ask for help
Feel confident in saying “no” and ask for help if you feel you need it.

WASH YOUR HANDS!

Things you CAN’T control

Focussing your worry on these won’t help you.

Being more vulnerable
Having T1D may make you more vulnerable to becoming unwell if you should catch the virus.

Other people’s feelings, opinions or actions
Do what you are able to do and try not to get stuck in other people’s stuff.

Who catches it
You do not have control over who catches it. Just try to be supportive and understanding for the people who do get COVID-19.

If I catch it
It is not your fault if you catch COVID-19. Be kind and compassionate to yourself.

Scare stories and the media
Get your news from reliable sources. It’s OK to take a break from the news if it feels too much.

Things getting cancelled
This can be really disappointing and a hard decision to make, especially if you are the one doing the cancelling, BUT do what is safe and that is needed.

Cases happening close to me
This can be scary and may make you feel anxious. Do the best you can to keep yourself and those around you safe.

What’s in shops
You can’t control the availability of supplies. Try to be patient and try not to panic buy.

Availability of healthcare staff & appointments
It may be more difficult to contact your healthcare team or attend appointments. However, there are likely to be alternative options such as phone or Skype appointments.

Needing to self-isolate if symptomatic
If you have been advised to self-isolate and have to miss work, school or appointments; this is okay and the best course of action to stop the spread of the virus.

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