Friday, March 25, 2016

5 Tips to Stay Motivated to Beat Your Diabetes



5 Tips to Stay Motivated to Beat Your Diabetes

Have you ever felt like you’ve had enough of dealing with diabetes? That you just don’t have the motivation to deal with your diabetes anymore?

Managing your diabetes involves controlling something that seems invisible to you (your blood sugar levels) and it’s a constant 24 hours, 7 days a week thing. From exercise, to diet, your medications and frequent testing of your blood sugar levels - it all can become a little too much to cope with.

But dealing with diabetes is not an impossible task. Here are 5 tips for you to keep yourself motivated to beat your diabetes:

1 - Instead of thinking about avoiding future health problems, think about how controlling your blood sugar can benefit you in the present moment.
The future health problems of diabetes such as amputation, blindness and kidney problems are no doubt scary to think about - but they are not great for keeping you motivated in the present moment.

It is is easy to forget these things if they are so far into the future that you might not think about the consequences of eating something unhealthy or skipping your medication.  Instead think about what makes you happy and think about how better diabetes management makes these things better

2 -Remind yourself Blood Glucose numbers are just statistics
If you ever tested yourself and got back a number that was abnormal, it can feel like you’ve received a negative assessment of yourself. Just remind yourself that these numbers are just indicators to use as information as opposed to a ‘bad grade’ - instead use these numbers to think to yourself “what can I do to bring myself back to normal levels?”

3 - Include family, friends and loved ones with your diabetes management
The important people in your life can be a great asset towards helping you with your diabetes management. They can cheer you on, celebrate your wins, join you with exercise, guide you with making food choices, give you someone to talk to when you have problems and help remind you with taking your medications.

4 - Commit Yourself to A Goal and Make It Public
By making your goal public it is amazing how much you will get done. Pledge to achieve a diabetes related goal such as 30 days of healthy eating, joining a charity cycling event, checking your blood sugar after every meal.


5 - Be Grateful of Your Situation
Given that you most likely live in a country that has health insurance, insulin medication, healthy food and basically everything you need to combat type 2 diabetes you should be grateful. In so many other places all of these things are most likely a luxury.


Hopefully these tips are useful in keeping you motivated to manage your diabetes.





8 comments:

  1. These are great motivations to beat diabetes. It’s hard living with diabetes. My family has a history of diabetes and our generation is at risk. It’s a little tougher now because we live in a world where unhealthy processed food are more accessible than ever before. It’s also important to have a solid support system that includes family, friends, and health practitioners.

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    1. I also appreciate that Tanya discusses the importance of motivation, whether it’s to carry on with a diet plan, or to fight a disease like diabetes. This is hardly talked about because the focus is only on the diabetes management and treatment. Dealing with diabetes also has an effect on psychological and mental well being. It’s easy to fall into depression and lose all motivations. So, posts like this can help motivate when days get tough.

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    2. I couldn’t agree more. Anyone who suffers from any form of disease also has to deal with emotions. Who knows what’s going on inside their heads, right? Without motivation, they could just give up the fight. It’s important that they don’t worry too much. Make them feel that there’s always something to look forward to – that they can lead better lives even with the illness.

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    3. Interesting discussion on the possible mental state of a diabetic or those who are ill. From experience, those who are afflicted with illness, whether serious or not, tend to be easily irritated when their illness is discussed. When they are demotivated, they lose the will to fight the disease. It's important to stay positive around the patient.

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  2. I think it’s also important to add visualization and meditation as part of the treatment process. It can also motivate the diabetics because they have a clear mind and they know where to focus on. Diabetes management may emphasize on the medication and dietary needs, but it won’t hurt to add meditation because after all, we want to improve their overall well-being.

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    1. That’s a great idea! A little bit of yoga won’t hurt either. I think meditation and breathing exercise will help them find their center and can make them feel calm. The stress of living with a disease can be overwhelming at times. I think diabetics can benefit from this if they are open to this kind of healing.

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  3. I think out of this list #3 is most important. As with any illness, a strong and rock-solid support system is beneficial. These are the people that'll be your cheerleaders. Let them help you and they'll go to the end of the world for you.

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  4. As I had gestational with my youngest, I've become more aware of my health and that alone caused me to make the change.....and as of yet, I haven't developed diabetes because I MADE the changes. :) So far, so good. But be aware of what your body tells you. And as you said, there are places where our "inconveniences" would be the one thing many people would love to have.

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