Monday, May 28, 2012

No News Is Good News

Push the buttonLast week on our weekly #DSMA chat we talked about diabetes and depression. They seem to go together. I know that the care and feeding of MG and diabetes consumes a lot of my energy. Sometimes these problems threaten to take over my life and crowd out the things I want to be doing.

XPU has simplified how I get insulin into my body. It hasn't changed the wobbly feeling of an oncoming low blood sugar. Or the headache from a rapid high. Both of these things happen, usually when I would much rather pay attention to something else. For me, chronic illnesses are frustrating. Daily low grade frustration over something I don't want and can't change makes me feel depressed.

Since I cannot fix MG or diabetes I decided to pay attention to things I can change. As I sorted through I asked myself two questions:
  1. What in my life is having a negative impact on me? 
  2. How can I change it?
I started paying attention to how I was feeling throughout the day, and I noticed something. I noticed I felt surges of anger and sadness while I was reading online news. Every day I went to news sites and read stories about violent crimes, natural disasters, and political stupidity. The stories always upset me. Sometimes deeply.

After reading a nightmare inducing story about a parent disfiguring their child I realized I needed to stop. I have enough in my life to feel upset about. I don't need to go looking for more. About a month ago I stopped reading the news. Almost immediately I felt an improvement in my mood. When I stopped reading the news I stopped the steady flow of depressing and negative information into my life.

I took a step back and realized the news wasn't helping me feel at peace or giving me strength. I need a strong spirit to help me deal with MG and diabetes. Feeling depressed weakens my spirit and the news definitely makes me feel depressed. There are a lot of things in life I have no control over. With the news I control the off button and I'm not afraid to use it. Right now in my life no news really is good news.

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