Mind-Body Therapies for Diabetes Management

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of therapy typically offered by psychologists which specifically targets thought and behavior patterns and encourages good self-management of your diabetes. Therapists use a combination of skills training and examining your thoughts around your diabetes while teaching you more supportive thought patterns. There is a strong focus on homework and promoting more positive thought habits that promote healthy and desirable behaviors. Results are usually monitored over time in an easily measured way. To find a CBT therapist, ask your medical provider for a recommendation. Friends and family may also know a therapist.

Support Groups

People with diabetes can feel isolated or different. Support groups and Diabetes Group Visits can be very helpful in reducing that isolation and offering a lower-cost option for treatment.  You can also ask your doctor for a recommendation.


A regular practice of meditation can be very helpful in learning to control an overactive mind. It can also help calm the body and release muscle tension. Follow the links below to explore different meditation/relaxation techniques that may support your efforts to manage your diabetes.

Relaxation for Stress Management and Diabetes Management

Yoga and Tai Chi

Some great exercises that may help you to feel relaxed and calm include Tai Chi and Yoga. Specifically, we recommend Yin Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Restorative Yoga.

Try the links below for a free online classes designed specifically to promote stress relief:

Yoga for Stress Relief

Try this beginner tai chi video to learn the basics:

Tai Chi for Beginners

Spiritual Counseling

If you are a religious person, you may find support in your religious community. Pastors, priests, rabbis and other spiritual guides often offer low-cost or no-cost counseling and support to help with promoting positive diabetes management and managing life stressors.

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