When you’re diabetic, sometimes it’s just all about food. Blood sugar numbers, insulin injections, and carb counting make the diabetic’s mind focus on one thing. So it’s helpful to change the focus to something else once in a while. Like, for example, a hobby!
Developing a hobby helps you unwind and keeps your mind focused on something other than blood sugar readings and insulin. For example, I’m a crocheter, and have been since I was a kid. There is nothing that can make me lose a few hours than grabbing some yarn and a hook. Crocheting helps me avoid mindless snacking at night. I like to work on a project in the evenings while I sit with my family and watch TV. While my family is passing around a bowl of chips or popcorn, I’m working on my stitches. If I do have a snack, it’s more thought out. I will think about what I want, if I’m really hungry, and usually make a better choice. My crafting hobby helps me do this, and for diabetics, it’s an important thing!
Also, crafting makes you feel good about yourself. There is so much about being a diabetic that makes you feel as if things are out of your control. Sometimes you will have a day where you do everything perfect… you eat right, work out, and yet that blood sugar number will remain off. It can make you feel a little as if your life is out of control. Your self-esteem may take a hit because you might feel as if you haven’t “accomplished” anything. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen. Diabetics shouldn’t have to feel as if they are perfect and can control everything, but sometimes we do! We want our blood sugars to reflect how hard we are working.
So on those days, it helps to have a hobby. Again, it’s taking the focus off that feeling of “letting yourself down.” A hobby will put your mind into a different place. Instead of constantly thinking about blood sugars and what you think you did wrong that day, you will focus on your project. You’ll get a sense of accomplishment for the work you did. More than that, working on a crafting hobby will help put it all in perspective. Your diabetes is a major piece of your life, to be sure, but it isn’t everything you are.