Diabetes tips

What to do if you are hyper-fixated on your CGM readings

October 24, 2023

Do you find yourself checking your CGM constantly and feel like it’s distracting you from your life? Feel like you need a 2nd brain just for T1D management?

It’s not easy, but setting up systems and routines and challenging your thoughts are first steps to feeling a little less distracted by diabetes. Here are 3 tips to get started.

  1. Create a physical barrier.
    Put your phone in the other room for a little while so that it is harder to access the CGM reading. Try this while you are in a meeting for work or doing a specific task that you need to focus on.
  2. Lean into the break between sensor changes.
    See how it feels to not replace an expired CGM immediately. Can you go 12, 24, 48 hours on finger sticks instead? This can help you get back in touch with your body’s signals as well as help you step back from being reactive to every 5 minute update so that you can start to see larger trends/patterns.
  3. Get curious about the thoughts you are attaching to and fact check yourself.
    What thought is on a loop that is making you feel the need to constantly check your CGM? For example, is your A1C really going to be ruined by 1 out-of-range blood sugar? Probably not. Examine how your thoughts are influencing your behavior and work on shifting your thinking first!

BONUS: Build confidence in your patterns.
If you feel like you NEED the CGM to tell you your blood sugar because you have no idea what to expect or your numbers feel highly unpredictable, it will help to start identifying your patterns. Not sure where to start? Check out the Diabetic Health Journal or speak with a Coaching Specialist to learn more about how we can support you.