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How to Stay Positive With Type 2 Diabetes

Keeping your diabetes in check takes work. On days when your motivation lags, a change in perspective helps you stay focused.

It happens: Sometimes, you doubt yourself. Try these get-back-on-track ideas whenever you notice you're thinking these self-defeating thoughts.

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‘I don’t have time to exercise.’

You know a workout will do you good, but you’re convinced there’s no way to squeeze one in with the rest of your daily to-dos -- work, commuting, kids’ soccer games, chores -- you name it.

How to Reframe It: Take it 10 minutes at a time. Tell yourself, “I don’t have to do it all at once!”

Exercising doesn't have to be fancy or involve a change of clothes. Even being physically active for a short time will give you a big burst of optimism and energy.

Make the most of the few 10-minute breaks you have. Once you start paying attention, you’ll be surprised by how many you find.

For example, instead of playing solitaire on your phone when you’re stuck in a waiting room, ask the attendant if you have time to take a 10-minute walk around the parking lot before your name is called.

‘What's the Point?’

This is a classic it’s-too-late-for-me thought. Your goal weight feels always out of reach. Maybe you’ve tried to get there before, to no avail, and you don’t know why this time will be any different.

How to Reframe It: Concentrate on the here and now. Mental health experts say most anxiety comes from worrying about the future. The more you try to focus on what you can do today, the easier it will be for you to feel good about your success and to look for immediate solutions.

The goal is to move in a positive direction. Talk with your doctor to set realistic benchmarks along the way. Losing just a few pounds can lower your blood glucose levels and blood pressure.

The more reachable your goals are, the more likely you'll feel your actions are helping. Remember: Success breeds more success. Start slowly, like by first learning to eat more “real” foods and not packaged ones.

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Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

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