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.