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How to Stay Positive With Type 2 Diabetes

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It takes a big commitment to keep your diabetes in check. Even so, you’ll be more motivated on some days than others, or you wonder how it’s going.

Time for a fresh perspective! You can counter these negative thoughts whenever they strike.

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‘I Don’t Have Time to Exercise.’

Rethink 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 take a lot of time. Even a little will give you a burst of optimism and energy.

Try 10-minute spurts of activity. You won’t need to change your clothes.

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

‘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 and have been disappointed.

Rethink It: Bring your thoughts back to the here and now. Mental health experts say most anxiety comes from worrying about the future. The more you focus on what you can do today, the better.

Little steps, over time, will move your health in a positive direction. Ask your doctor to help you set mini-goals along the way to your ultimate goal. You want reachable goals that you can build on. For instance, if you lose a little bit of weight at a time, it can lower your blood sugar levels and blood pressure sooner than you may think.

Start slowly. First learn to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.

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