Diabetes: Staying Motivated - Topic Overview
You may find it difficult to stay motivated to manage your
diabetes appropriately. The following suggestions may
Set goals and provide positive reinforcement
and reward yourself for the things you do right. Use nonfood rewards, such as
clothing, sports equipment, books, a golf trip, or a movie night. Engage in
positive self-talk instead of being negative or critical of yourself.
Set short-term goals for healthy eating habits and exercise.
Surround yourself with people who
encourage and motivate you. Sources of support may include:
- Health professionals.
- An exercise buddy or
- An organized diabetes support group.
Look for opportunities to attend meetings or classes where
you can receive new diabetes information or simply receive reinforcement of
concepts that are already familiar to you.
Keep in contact with
your doctors. Let them know if you are having difficulties with
any area of your care, or if something has changed in your health or lifestyle
that may require an adjustment in your diabetes treatment.
Keep things in perspective
Remember that diabetes is
a part of your life, but it does not have to take over your life. Also,
remember you are not alone. Diabetes is very common. About 23.6
million people in the United States have this
Continually remind yourself that
everything you are doing to manage your diabetes appropriately is making a
tremendous difference in the quality of your life now and well into the future.
It may be helpful even to make a list of the health benefits of properly
managing your disease and keep it close at hand. Include things on the list
that are important to you.
Some items you could include might
- I feel good because my blood sugars are more
stable. I no longer have uncomfortable highs or lows.
- I am reducing the
likelihood that diabetes will interfere with my plans for the future. This lowers my
risk for problems with my heart, eyes, feet, and legs.
- I have more
- I can think more clearly.
- I feel better about
myself, because I am eating healthy foods and/or I have started exercising.