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4 Tips to Stay Positive When Living with Diabetes

4 Tips to Stay Positive When Living with Diabetes

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes, you’re sure to be troubled by a lot of emotions. “Why did it happen to me?” “What am I going to do?” Anger, fear, confusion, and a mixture of many other emotions can overpower you after a diagnosis.

Living with diabetes is not as difficult as you may think. There are ups and downs, but you can still stay positive. The key to living well with diabetes is to have balance. Diabetes is now a part of you. You cannot ignore it and move on. You have to live with it. Your doctor will be there to help you develop a management plan, and maintain balance.

A healthy diet plan, regular exercise, and proper management of your blood sugar levels will ensure healthy living with diabetes. However, for all of these efforts to work, you need to stay motivated. Try to adopt these 4 mood-boosting strategies to stay positive:

1. Remember: You Are Not Alone

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that around 29 million people in America suffer from diabetes. Worldwide, approximately 415 million people have the disease.

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When you’re going through dire times, having a strong support system always helps. And what better support system than people who are going through the same thing as you? With hundreds of millions of other diabetics around the world, it’s relatively easy to build a strong support system.

Connect with people who understand what you’re going through in online forums and support groups to remind yourself that you are not alone.

2. Stick To a Diabetes Management Plan

Stick To a Diabetes Management Plan

    As mentioned earlier, if you eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and take prescribed medications, it becomes much easier to control diabetes. When you control your blood sugar levels, you feel stronger and more motivated. Your body feels better and healthier, which naturally impacts your mental state. You will also sleep better, and be better prepared to deal with whatever challenges come your way.

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    It’s important to stay in touch with your doctor so that you’re aware of your latest numbers, such as your glucose level, blood pressure, A1C level, and cholesterol level. You could also invest in an automatic blood glucose monitor to help you stay on top of things.

    It’s important to take every step necessary to keep your blood sugar levels under control. If you don’t properly manage your diabetes, you will increase your risk of complications like eye problems, kidney issues, and nerve damage.

    3. Find a Health Care Provider for Yourself

    Find a Health Care Provider for Yourself

      We know that diabetes is a disease that’s with us 24/7. It requires ongoing management and treatment for life. You need to take the wheel, and take control of the disease. But you don’t have to do it alone.

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      It’s important to find a health care provider who will be a strong partner to you. Someone to help you plan, and manage your diabetes treatment. They can help you stay on track and properly manage your cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure.

      Look for a quality, well-informed provider who uses the latest treatments, technological innovations, and proven strategies to help you prevent major complications from the disease.

      4. Be Kind to Yourself: Indulge a Little

      Be Kind to Yourself Indulge a Little

        It’s okay to have a slice of cake, or maybe a homemade dessert every now and then. As long as it’s not a daily habit, allow yourself to have the occasional sweet treat. A small indulgence may help you stay on track, and prevent unnecessary diabetes burnout.

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        You can also reward yourself for small victories over diabetes with other types of treats. For example, you can go to the movies, treat yourself to a spa day, visit the salon, or play a game of golf.

        Signing Off

        Focusing too much on the negative aspects of living with diabetes can be exhausting for your mind and body. Exhaustion can fuel the disease even further.

        “Yes, I can live a full life.” This should be your attitude if you have diabetes. Diabetes may be irreversible, but adjusting your outlook can help you stay positive, and prevent long-term complications.

        Be sure to stay educated about diabetes, and build a support network for emotional support. Are you living with diabetes? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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